If you’re busy packing your bags for your New Year trip abroad, you better replace your passport ASAP!

The Government of India has urged all residing and non- residing Indian citizens to replace their handwritten passports with machine readable passports(MRPs). According to the International Civil Aviation Organization (IACO) the deadline to globally eliminate all non- machine readable passports is 24th November 2015.

And after this rule comes into force, all other countries may deny Visa or entry to any person travelling with a non-machine readable passport.

Here’s What You Should Do:

If your Passport looks something like this (below), you are advised to get it replaced by MRPs by the 24th of November.



Hand written passports issued before 2001, with a validity of 20 years need to get it re-issued right away.

Indian citizens residing in India and abroad and holding passports with validity beyond November 24, 2015 should apply for the reissue of their passports well before deadline. ( 24th November)

Once you’ve replaced your passport, this is how it should look like:



Click here for more details : http://www.passportindia.gov.in/