Indian passport among those to be declared invalid from November 25, 2015?
If you are planning to go on a vacation abroad, check your passports. The InternationalCivil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), which India is part of, has announced that non-machine readable (handwritten) passports will not be deemed valid after November 24, 2015.
The countries under ICAO will not issue visa to persons holding passports that are handwritten or valid for 20 years.The rule will be implemented from November 25, 2015, reports thelogicalindian.com.Notably, in India, handwritten passports were issued before 2001, and are still in practice, says the report.
Bengaluru passport office became one of the top offices to receive many quarries regarding this, media reports say.Please be informed about this rule and make the changes in your passport getting a new one to avoid last minute glitches in your travel plan and spread the word across.
If your passport is a hand written passport issued before 2001, with a validity of 20 years only, then you need to get it re-issued right away Those holding such passports with validity beyond November 24, 2015 should apply for the reissue of their passports.