PUBLIC ADVISORY ON PHASING OUT OF HANDWRITTEN PASSPORTS
1. Indian citizens living in Turkey are advised to urgently replace their handwritten passports with machine-readable passports. A deadline of the 24th November, 2015 for globally phasing out of all non-Machine Readable Passports (MRPs) was set up by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). Thereafter, foreign Governments may deny Visa or entry to any person travelling on a non-Machine Readable Passport.
2. The Passports issued before 2001 and particularly those issued during mid 1990s with a validity of 20 years will fall in the category of non-MRPs.
3. Indian citizens holding such non-Machine Readable passports with validity beyond 24th November 2015 are once again advised to apply for re-issue of their passportsimmediately in order to avoid any inconvenience in obtaining valid visa or international travel. Needless to mention, travel on ICAO- compliant machine readable passports will facilitate hassle-free and safe journey.
4. Embassy’s website may be accessed for Passport services.