20 January 2018
IMPORTANT NOTICE - CONVERSION OF PIO CARDS TO OCI CARDS
The international Civil Aviation Organization has decided to accept only Machine Readable Travel Documents from October 2018 onwards. This Mission would like to inform that it will be necessary for all existing PIO Card Holders to obtain Machine Readable OCI Cards, in lieu of existing handwritten PIO Cards before October 2018, to avoid any inconvenience.
The Government of India has decided to extend the deadline for registration as OCI holders by erstwhile PIO Cards Holders on “GRATIS BASIS”.
In order to take advantage of getting such PIO Cards converted into Machine Readable OCI Cards on “GRATIS BASIS”, it will be advisable to get these converted before 31 December 2017.
After the expiry of the current deadline of 31 December 2017 conversion of PIO Cards to OCI Cards will attract a fee of USDollar 275/-, which is the same as charged for issuance of fresh OCI Card
07 April 2017
Prohibition on Carrying of Satellite Phones into India by Foreigners
Foreigners who are visiting India are advised that as per the existing guidelines of Government of India, carrying of satellite phones by foreigners into India is BANNED.
Foreigners travelling to India are requested to adhere to the above guidelines strictly so as to avoid any inconvenience/legal action during their visit.