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International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has decided to phase out all Non-Machine Readable Passports (Non-MRP) with effect from 25th November, 2015. Consequently, foreign Governments may deny visa or entry if the passport is a Non-MRP.

All handwritten passports with pasted photos are considered as Non-MRP, including passports having 20 years validity. All Indian citizens holding Non-MRP passports are advised to obtain MRP passports before 25th November, 2015