Is your passport a MRP or not? Indian citizens living are advised to apply for urgent re-issuance of their passports.
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Ministry of External Affairs
(Patiala House, Tilak Marg, New Delhi)
Government of India
Dated: December 23, 2014
Indian citizens living in India and abroad are advised to apply for urgent re-issuance of their passports in the following
(i). HANDWRITTEN PASSPORTS
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has
set a deadline of the 24th November, 2015 for globally
phasing out of all non-Machine Readable Passports (MRPs).
From the 25th November, 2015 onwards, foreign Governments
may deny Visa or entry to any person travelling on a non-
Machine Readable Passport.
The Government of India has been issuing Machine
Readable Passports since 2001. The Passports, however, issued
before 2001 and particularly those issued during mid 1990s with
a validity of 20 years will fall in the category of non-MRPs. All
handwritten passports with pasted photographs are also
By the end of November 2014, it is estimated that there are
approximately 2.86 lakh handwritten passports in circulation.
Approximately 6 crore Indian hold valid passports.
Indian citizens residing in India and abroad and holding
such passports with validity beyond the 24th November, 2015
are advised to apply for re-issue of their passports well before
the deadline in order to avoid any inconvenience in obtaining
valid visa or international travel.