Carrying old passport while travelling to India, is no longer compulsory OCI card holders

People of Indian origin or Indian community having overseas citizenship of India (OCI) card are no longer required to carry their old passports to go to India. Referring to the notification issued by the Central Government, the Embassy of India said on Monday, that the mandatory need of holding old passports with OCI cards is abolished. This announcement has removed a major concern of Indians living abroad.

No need to carry an old passport. Source: Jagran

The embassy said, "From now on, the OCI cardholder traveling with the existing OCI card with the old passport number is not required to carry the old passport. But it will be compulsory to carry the new (existing) passport." The Government of India has decided to extend the deadline for re-issuing OCI cards to December 31, 2021. This is for cardholders under 20 years and above 50 years.

As per the OCI guidelines applicable from the year 2005, cardholders under 20 years of age and above 50 years have to re-issue their card every time a new passport is created. The Indian government has extended its deadline several times due to the coronavirus pandemic. But it is the first time exemption for OCI cardholders to carry the old passport while traveling.

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