IMPORTANT PUBLIC ADVISORY
PHASING OUT OF HANDWRITTEN INDIAN PASSPORTS
Indian citizens living in India and abroad who hold handwritten passports are advised to urgently replace their handwritten passports with machine-readable passports. Foreign Governments may deny Visa or entry to any person travelling on a non-Machine Readable Passport.
2. The Government of India has been issuing Machine Readable Passports since 2001. However, handwritten passports issued during mid-1990s with a validity of 20 years will fall in the category requiring replacement.
3. Indian citizens residing in UAE and holding handwritten passports are advised to immediately apply for Machine Readable Passports to avoid any inconvenience in obtaining valid visa or for international travel. Holders of the Machine Readable Passports do not need to take any action on this Advisory.
4. Travel on machine readable passports will facilitate hassle-free and safe journey. Indian citizens living in UAE may visit the following websites for passports: