Announcements Extension of timeline for PIO cards beyond 31-12-2022

Extension of timeline for PIO cards beyond 31-12-2022


Dated: 26 December 2022

Extension of time-line for PIO cards beyond 31-12- 2022

All existing PIO card holders under the consular jurisdiction of Embassy of India, Beijing are hereby informed that handwritten PIO cards will be accepted as valid travel document along with valid foreign passport at all Indian Immigration Check Post(s) till 31-12-2023 instead of the earlier deadline i.e. 31-12-2022.

Bureau of Immigration (BOI) will accept PIO cards as valid travel document till 31-12-2023 along with valid foreign passport and the Indian
Immigration Check Post(s) will continue to consider all PIO cards valid for exit/entry into India till 31-12-2023. This extension of timeline is subject to the condition that if in the meantime any deadline is notified by the International Civil Aviation Organization(ICAO) thereby making hand written PIO cards invalid, then PIO cardholders may have to obtain appropriate visa from Indian Missions/ Posts.

All the PIO card holders with valid PIO cards as on 09.01.2015 are advised to apply for conversion of their PIO card to OCI card as per the guidelines issued by Ministry of Home Affairs from time to time.