The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has set a deadline of the 24th November 2015 for globally phasing out all non-Machine Readable Passports (MRPs).From 25thNovember 2015 onwards, foreign Governments may deny visa or entry to any person travelling with a non-MRP passport.
2.All handwritten passports with pasted photos earlier issued by Government of India are considered non-MRP passports. All 20 – year validity passports will also fall in this category. The Government started issuing MRP passports since 2001.All new Indian passports are ICAO-compliant MRP passports.
3.Indian citizens residing in India and abroad and holding handwritten passports as well as 20-year passports with validity beyond the 24th November 2015, should, therefore, apply for re-issue of passports and obtain MRP passports well before the deadline in order to avoid any inconvenience in obtaining foreign visa or immigration problem.
- For more details related to passport services, Passport website (www.passportindia.gov.in) or the National Call Centre (toll free number 1800-258-1800) may be accessed.