It has been brought to the notice of the government that International Civil Aviation Organization will accept only machine readable travel documents from October, 2018. The erstwhile PIO cards which are hand written will, therefore, become invalid travel documents. Hence, it will be necessary upon PIO cardholder to obtain machine readable OCI cards in lieu of existing hand written PIO cards before October, 2018 to avoid any inconvenience.

        In order to take advantage of getting such PIO cards converted into machine readable OCI cards on gratis basis, PIO cards holder are advised to get these converted before 31.12.2017