All Indians holding hand-written passports must apply for MRPs
September 22, 2015, 8:25 am
All Indian nationals residing in Kuwait holding hand written passports are advised to apply for urgent re-issuance of new passports in lieu of handwritten passports under the following circumstances:-
(a) The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has set a deadline of the 24 November 2015 for globally phasing out of all non-Machine Readable Passports (MRPs). From 25th November 2015 onwards, foreign Governments may deny Visa or entry to any person travelling on a non-Machine Readable Passport.
(b) 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 considered non-MRPs.
(c) Indians living in Kuwait holding handwritten passports as explained in Para(b) above, with validity beyond 24th November 2015 are advised to apply urgently for re-issue of their passports well before the deadline in order to avoid any inconvenience in obtaining valid visa for international travel.
(c) For more details related to passport services, visit the website – http://www.indembkwt.org/Pages/Passport.aspx - or call Thomas Joseph, Attache(Consular) at Mob: 97229946 or Mr. K.K. Pahel, First Secretary(Consular) at Mob: 97229948.
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