Hyderabad: International Civil Aviation Organization has fixed 24th November as the deadline for changing handwritten passports. After this date all such passports would be treated as invalid since all the foreign governments do not issue visa to the persons travelling on non-machine readable passports.
Govt. of India has introduced modern machine readable passports since 2001. However passport issued before 2001, especially during the 1990 decade for a period of 20 years come under non-readable passports. According to an estimate, there were 2.86 lakh such passports were in use till 2014.
All those persons living in India or abroad who possess non-readable passports should get them changed before the deadline to avoid any inconvenience during their travels.