Government deems hand-written passports invalid from today

As per a government directive, hand-written passports will not be valid from Thursday. The government had asked those in possession of hand-written passports to get machine-readable ones with bar codes by November 24.

Hand-written passports were issued prior to 2001.

The government had decided to discontinue with hand-written passports in accordance with recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to incorporate biometric data in the machine readable travel documents.

“Hand-written passports have become invalid from today. Machine-readable passports have greater protection against fraudulent practices and tampering,” said a government official.

Read full article: Hindustan Times

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