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PHASING OUT OF HANDWRITTEN PASSPORTS

Indian citizens living in South Sudan are advised to urgently replace their handwritten passports with machine readable passports. The International Civil Aviation Organization (lCAO) has set a deadline of the 24th November, 2015 for globally phasing out of all non-Machine Readable Passports (MRPs). Thereafter, foreign Governments may deny Visa or entry to any person travelling on a non-Machine Readable Passport.

Indian citizens residing in South Sudan 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.

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