Indians with old passports should get immediate replacements

A public advisory issued by India's Ministry of External Affairs and circulated by the Indian Consulate in Dubai, announced that those who qualify for new passports include those with handwritten passports, those whose passports have a validity of less then six months, and those with passports that have fewer than two pages for stamping visas are advised to apply for a replacement urgently. The circular said the Civil Aviation Organisation has set a deadline of November 24 for globally phasing out of all non-Machine Readable Passports. Consequently from November 25 onward foreign governments may deny visas or entry to persons travelling on a non-Machine Readable Passport, which includes all handwritten passports with pasted photographs inside.