Deadline for PIO Card to OCI Card Conversion is Extended till December 31, 2022

Good news! The deadline for foreign citizens of Indian origin to convert their PIO cards to OCI cards has been extended further. Earlier, the government of India had set December 31, 2021 as the deadline. December 2022 is the new deadline for the Person of Indian Origin cardholders to acquire the Overseas Citizen of India card, according to the latest press release by Indian Missions worldwide.

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All PIO cards including the handwritten ones will be accepted by the Indian immigration authorities at all airports until December 31, 2022, in compliance with the extended deadline for the conversion of PIO card to OCI card. All PIO cards will continue to be a valid travel document for entry into and exit from India. But, Indian Immigration Check Posts will not accept any PIO card, machine readable or handwritten, without a valid foreign passport.

The latest extension of the PIO to OCI card conversion deadline is subject to a condition for the handwritten PIO cardholders. If the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) issues a new deadline any time before December 2022, the validity of handwritten PIO cards will expire, thereby making it compulsory for the handwritten PIO cardholders to get appropriate visa from Indian Missions.

To be precise, the deadline extension for conversion of handwritten PIO cards to OCI cards is conditional. All Indian-origin foreign citizens holding PIO cards, machine readable and handwritten, make sure to convert their PIO card to an OCI card in the meantime. Since the process takes 3-4 months, the sooner the better.

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Is it mandatory to convert PIO card to OCI card?

Yes, it is. All Person of Indian Origin Cardholders are deemed to be OCI Cardholders in India’s Citizenship Amendment Bill 2015. Hence, you need to convert your PIO card to OCI card before or by December 31, 2022. Until then, your PIO card is valid for travel to India.

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142 thoughts on “Deadline for PIO Card to OCI Card Conversion is Extended till December 31, 2022

  1. Varun

    What is the PIO card expires before September 2020? Is it still
    Valid for travel to India?

    Reply
    • Chandan Gurjar

      As far as i know pio card is lifetime validity Even though your pio card might have a expiry date mentioned.
      A FRRO officer in bangalore confirmed.
      However please arranged to have it converted to oci immediately

      Reply
      • Raj

        Washington first secretary of Indian Embassay confirmed that expired PIO are valid till 31st Dec 2021.
        Has anyone actually travelled with expired PIO?

        Reply
  2. Nik

    Thanks for the timely article! I am travelling in November and I expected this to happen (given the COVID backdrop). Indian Eagle always brings timely news to the community. Cheers to your team!!

    Varun – If your PIO has expired – you obviously need a visa or a new OCI card.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nik! Your feedback made our day. We are honored to be appreciated. Thank you very much!

      Reply
    • Andy

      Hi, its been a while since this is posted, but I heard that expired PIO is still valid to visit India and people are able to use it – especially if there’s Covid emergency. Could you please comment? In essence. PIO was being treated as OCI and had no expiration date (with the last extension being till December 2021).

      Reply
      • indianeagle Post author

        Hi Andy! This is already mentioned in the article “All PIO cards including the handwritten ones are acceptable to Indian immigration authorities at all airports until December 2021, in compliance with the extended deadline for the conversion of PIO card to OCI card. All PIO cards will continue to be a valid travel document for entry into and exit from India.”

        Reply
  3. Sam M

    Can you post a source link for the extension to 2021?

    I cannot find any reference to this extension via googling

    Reply
  4. Vandana

    I am travelling in November 2020. My son is holding a pio card, he is minor. Can he travel with his valid pio card?

    Reply
  5. Anand

    thank you for the news about PIO validity till Dec 2020.

    Can you please confirm if the PIO card number can be used as equivalent to the OCI card to travel in Nov/Dec 2020. If so then can the PIO card number used in place of the OCI card to register to the required sites.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Anand! As far as we know, PIO cardholders are eligible to travel to India till December 2021. Please be advised to make further queries to the nearest Indian embassy or consulate for your satisfaction. Thanks for reaching out to us!

      Reply
  6. Hemangini Patel

    Good morning,

    I have a ticket booked through you to India travelling on December 17th.

    Do I need OCI card to travel and how do I get that. Also, do I need any other paperwork since I will be stopping in London and New Delhi to change flights to Ahmedebad.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Hemangini! If you are a US citizen (without OCI card and tourist visa), you can travel on British Airways via London Heathrow. What we mean is if you are a US citizen or a spouse of the US citizen, you don’t need an OCI card to travel to India via London. You need to fill out a self-declaration form on Air Suvidha. You can take a RT-PCR test just before 96 hours of your flight from the first port of departure in order to get exempted from institutional quarantine in Ahmedabad. Please feel free to write or call us if you have any other concern.

      Reply
  7. Ravi

    Indian government changed these deadlines multiple times in last 5 years. Don’t worry, they will extend till 2050.

    Reply
  8. Ajay Maheshwari

    There is a typo at the end of the article. It says Dec 2020 instead of 2021. Can you please correct or let me know if it is error in my understanding.

    Line to be updated:
    “Hence, you need to convert your PIO card to OCI card before or by December 31, 2020. Until then, your PIO card is valid for travel to India.”

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ajay! Thank you very much for bringing the typo to our notice! It is December 31, 2021. We corrected the mistake.

      Reply
  9. Raj Kumar

    Hi,

    We converted my Kids PIO card to OCI couple years back. But the OCI has his old US passport number. Do we need to get the OCI extended per the new passport? I heard OCI is onetime and can use it by showing the old passport while travelling? is in’t it true?

    thanks

    Reply
  10. Sam Mallipudi

    My wife has a PIO card valid till July 7, 2021. Does she have to complete the travel by this date or can she she arrive in India by that date and stay in India past that expiry date?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sam! PIO cardholders can travel to and from India until December 31, 2021 without converting the PIO card to OCI card.

      Reply
  11. Aziz

    My daughter has a PIO card valid until 2029. He passport expired and she has a new passport. She does not have new passport number in PIO. We have an urgent need to travel Can we travel on that PIO card. She is 6 years old

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Aziz! She may be able to travel given she carries her both new and old passports.

      Reply
      • Fabrice

        Hi…. Just double checking.. is this valid for adults as well? I currently have a valid PIO attached to my old passport. I am 35.. and desperately need to get back. I am based in the UK. If yes, where can I find proof of that reference in case I need to show it at the border. Many thanks for your help.

        Reply
          • Fabrice Bourgelle Pyres

            Many Thanks…In that case do I even need my old passport?… Might it be sufficient to have my current passport even if the PIO isn’t registered to it.. I’ve had my PIO way into my 20s?

          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Fabrice! You need to carry both the old and new passports.

  12. Sailaja

    where can we apply OCI? Recently the Indian Embassy contract with CKGS has completed? Now what is the alternate source?

    Reply
  13. ARJUN DUTTA

    Hi,
    My son’s PIO Card date was for February 2020. Is it still valid for traveling? I heard all PIO Cards are valid till 12. 2021

    Thanks

    Reply
  14. Pushpa Latha S

    Sir,
    My Son is Minor , US Citizen and he is in India only, His PIO card was Expired in Corona Period, now how can and what can and where can I’ll renew his PIO card or OCI Card to get it

    Reply
  15. Fabrice Bourgelle Pyres

    Hey folks, I have a PIO card attached to an old passport, and am currently looking to travel from the UK to Bangalore. In the COVID related section of the UK government’s India travel advice website, it starts off saying OCI and PIO are valid for travel during pandemic. But in then it also says after that OCI’s are free to travel during the current travel suspension, but now no mention of PIO. On the civil aviation.ind.gov air bubble list, it also says OCI are allowed to travel as of right now from UK and USA, but no mention of PIO.

    My questions are:

    Is my PIO still valid if its attached to my old passport?

    If so, can I travel with it atm instead of OCI while flights are technically suspended

    Do all of these still apply to the fact that I am specifically travelling from the UK?

    Many thanks

    F.

    Reply
  16. Dilip Joshi

    I have PIO card Valid till 2024. I learned that I can still travel to India till December 2021. I hope I am right.
    If I go in November Or December 2021, Can I come back to USA in January 2022 or there will be problem at Mumbai airport?
    Thanks
    Dilip.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Dilip! If the deadline is not extended further, there might be some problem.

      Reply
  17. Sathya

    Hi,
    My minor daughter’s PIO has expired. Should i apply for a New OCI Registration or OCI Registration (In Lieu of PIO card). which type of OCI should i apply ?

    Reply
  18. Dimple

    Hi,
    Can you use PIO card for travel, even if you get an OCI? or does PIO become invalid once the OCI card is issued?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Beenu! The deadline may be extended beyond June 30, 2021 given the unprecedented circumstances.

      Reply
      • BEENU GUPTA

        Thanks. I hope so. It is taking so long to just get the OCI renewed. It should be a much easier and streamlined process.

        Reply
  19. Sailaja

    Hello Indian eagle,

    Thank you for posting the timely info on PIO. Some consulates ( NY ,DC) have updated information on PIO extension till dec 31,2021 where as Other consulates such as Houston still have old information. Will that be superseeded ? or we can rely on NY,DC consulates info.Since I reside in Texas this is making me terrifc.

    Of course and Finally we totally rely on your site info as first choice but still want to get over things

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sailaja! Thank you for appreciating us! We make sure to provide authentic information. You can rely on the NY Consulate General and the Indian Embassy DC.

      Reply
  20. Nitin

    Hi Indian Eagle,
    Thank you for this information.
    My son has a valid PIO (expires 2025) and we also have a multiple entry tourist visa for him. We used the visa to visit in 2019 but now noticed on indian embassy site that tourist visas are not allowed during covid. We want to travel in June, so not sure if we have enough time to convert PIO to OCI.
    Sounds like we should be good to travel with his PIO card, right?
    Also, would you happen to know how long it takes once we apply for PIO to OCI conversion?

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nitin! Until December 31, 2021, you can travel with your PIO card. Hope the ban on tourist visa to India will be lifted in April or May this year.

      Reply
  21. Bindu Thomas

    Hi my daughter (15yr) has a 5yrs tourist visa but rest of the family has oci/pio and we are planning on traveling to India this June, is she able to travel with us?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Bindu! Currently, tourist visa to India is suspended. The ban on tourist visa may be lifted in April 2021. If lifted, your daughter will be able to enter India in June.

      Reply
  22. Sangeetha

    My minor children’s’ US passport was renewed and is not linked to their OCI. I plan to travel in May, and may not have enough time to link it to their OCI. Both kids have PIO cards, OCI card. Can we travel to India with PIP and their existing OCI?

    Reply
  23. Vatsala

    My son’s pio card expired on March 16 2021. Is it still valid to travel? It is a hand written Pio card.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vatsala! All PIO cards including the handwritten ones are acceptable to Indian immigration authorities at all airports until December 2021, in compliance with the extended deadline for the conversion of PIO card to OCI card. All PIO cards will continue to be a valid travel document for entry into and exit from India. But, Indian Immigration Check Posts will not accept any PIO card, machine readable or handwritten, without a valid foreign passport.

      Reply
      • Arif

        Hi sir my daughters poi card has expired.
        I took poi card out in 2014 so I’m sure on websites it says valid for 15 years.
        So can they travel ?

        Reply
  24. Anand Sivaraman

    Hello, My daughter’s PIO card expired last year, can she travel to India in June this year with an expired PIO card? Or should i have to convert to OCI?

    I am worried that if I convert to OCI now, I wont receive the OCI card before my planned travel dates for early june?

    Reply
  25. Stephen Rego

    Hi. Have a friend who needs to convert PIO to OCI. As there are gaps in the passport expiry and new passport , the FRRO has asked her to regularize the gaps online at http://www.indianfrro.gov.in. Can you give me some hints as to how to get around it.

    Reply
  26. Shalabh Gandhi

    Hi we are in USA and My son’s PIO expires in 2023, and I understand he can travel to India as of today on PIO until Dec 2021.
    The only issue is that his PIO has a reference of old US passport number, and we have lost that old passport, however we do have his new US Passport. Can he is still travel to India ?

    Reply
  27. Nitin Barve

    MY son is a minor and has a PIO card that expired last month. HE has a tourist visa but that’s on his old passport as we had to get a new passport for him when he turned 15 earlier this year. Can we travel to India on his PIO in December 2021 (even though it’s expired) or will they accept his existing tourist visa also?
    I am thinking of applying for OCI but may not have enough time until December so am confused as to what is my best path here to visit India in December.
    Thank you for your help.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nitin! Neither the expired PIO card nor the tourist visa will be accepted for entry to India. FYI, the tourist visa to India is currently suspended. In view of the current circumstances, your son needs an entry X visa to travel to India.

      Reply
  28. Dev

    Hello,
    My son is a minor with a valid PIO (expires 2024). We urgently need to travel in Nov, 2021. The PIO reference to his old US passport. We have both the old and new passport. We have been planing for a PIO to OCI conversion but I am not sure if we have enough time for it. Can he still travel ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Dev! Your son can travel to India with his PIO card and both passports. But he may have to leave India before December 31 because the PIO card must be converted into the OCI card by December 31, 2021.

      Reply
  29. Sid

    Hello, My son’s PIO card is valid till 2028. We are planning to travel to India from Sanfrancisco on Dec 20th and Return on January 4th 2022. Since PIO cards are valid till Dec 2021, our entry to the US should not be a problem. I am hoping, it will not be an issue to depart from India to US on January 4th 2022. PLease let me know. thanks, Sid

    Reply
  30. Rosh Dev

    Hello Indian Eagle,
    I have a PIO card and want to travel to India urgently next week. Whilst my PIO card is still valid, the passport number on it, is my old passport which is lost. Am I still ok to travel with my new passport and the PIO?
    I do have a photocopy of the old passport.
    Many thanks

    Reply
  31. Dinesh

    Hello Indian Eagle,

    My daughter has a PIO card. She plans to travel to India around Dec 24, 2021 and leave India on Jan 6, 2022. Since the PIO card is now valid till Dec 31, 2021, will the above dates work; or does she have to leave India by Dec 31st.

    Thank you.

    Reply
  32. Thomas

    My daughter and I are Canadian citizens. I have an OCI and my daughter has a PIO card. We are planning to travel to India in December first week and return first week of January. Wil they allow her to board the flight to canada after Dec 31, 2021 since the deadline is done for the PIO card.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Thomas! Your daughter will be able to travel back to Canada, as the OCI or PIO card has nothing to do with her Canadian citizenship.

      Reply
  33. Thomas

    Sorry, I think I may not have been clear in my question. Since her PIO card becomes invalid after 31 Dec 2021, when she needs to travel back, should we obtain an exit permit or regular visa?

    Reply
  34. Raj

    When I went to apply OCI card, the FRRO Officer in Mumbai confirmed that expired PIO’s are valid till 31st Dec 2021 and we can travel with it.

    Reply
  35. RITUU GULATHI

    Hello I have two questions :
    1. My daughter who is a US Citizen has a paper x-1 multiple entry visa till 2023May ..Can she travel to India on Dec 12th 2021 and come back on Jan 13th 2022 to USA ? Is the paper X-1 MULTIPLE Entry visa allowed to travel to India ?
    2) My second daughter has a PIO card valid till 2027 can she travel to India on Dec 12th 2021 and come back on January 13 th 2022 since the Date for PIO is 31st December ..will there be any problems in coming back to USA ?

    Can you please help answer these as we have to book tickets on Air India

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rituu! The X-1 multiple entry visa is valid for travel to India. Your second daughter will be able to travel back to the US because the PIO card has nothing to do with her US citizenship.

      Reply
  36. Dinesh

    Hello Indian Eagle,

    This is for my cousin who is a minor with US passport and PIO card who has been living in India. So in this case how and where do we apply for OCI card within India. Any links to the process would be greatly appreciated.

    Reply
  37. Sri

    My kids have an expired PIO card, and we have to travel to India next month. I heard that PIO cards are valid till end of 2021. Can we still travel with expired PIO card? We do not have time to get a OCI card now. Please advise.

    Reply
  38. Naval K Modani

    I have PIO expiring in 2027 and a current US passport. I want to travel to India in November and be back in December. I understand that the validity of the PIO is extended to December 31, 2021. Can I travel to India with PIO? Or do I need to get another visa? Also, my PIO has my “expired” US passport number; would this present any problem if I carry the old passport as well as the current passport with me. Thanks.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Naval! You can travel to India with the PIO card having the old passport number until December 31, 2021.

      Reply
      • Naval K Modani

        Thanks for the information. I am flying Emirates from Orlando to Hyderabad on November 8th; would the Emirates staff at the Orlando airport be aware of the revised eligibility/expiration of the PIO card? Should I anticipate any “trouble” at the airport? What, if anything, can I carry with me to the airport to avoid any hassle? Should I contact Emirates ahead of time to confirm their awareness of the new PIO expiration? Is there a way to get this noted on my “PNR” to preclude any aggravation at the airport?

        Reply
  39. Ellisa B

    Hi, i have a PIO card that is valid till 2028, I am in the USA. When i traveled to india in 2018, immigration offer at delhi airport told me that the PIO card would not work anymore and i should convert it to an OCI, which I neglected to do. So in 2019, when i had to travel, I got a tourist evisa, since I assumed my PIO wouldnt work.

    Now i need to travel again on Nov 5th to india for my mom’s surgery and applied for the tourist visa which is only valid from nov 15th. So I googled around, and found your site which says my PIO is valid. I’m going to use that to travel, but am wondering what I should do with my tourist visa which i just applied for – should i cancel it or just ignore it, since its not valid till the 15th anyway,

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ellisa! The entry relaxation for PIO cardholders was announced in September 2020. You will find the same update on the website of any Indian consulate or Embassy in the US. Please be advised to take a screenshot of the same update from the consulate or embassy website and show to the immigration officer if you face any problem.

      Reply
  40. raj

    My daughter’s PIO cared is expiring in 2024 as i know validity for PIO card extended to December 31, 2021. We are planning to visit India from December 15, 2021 to January 15 2022. (as i can assume we are good to enter the India but when we try to go back to USA, PIO will expire). Could we not come out of India with expired PIO deadline?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Raj! Your daughter will be able to travel back to the US. The PIO card has nothing to do with her US citizenship.

      Reply
  41. Naval K Modani

    I am flying Emirates from Orlando to Hyderabad on November 8th; would the Emirates staff at the Orlando airport be aware of the revised eligibility/expiration of the PIO card? Should I anticipate any “trouble” at the airport? What, if anything, can I carry with me to the airport to avoid any hassle? Should I contact Emirates ahead of time to confirm their awareness of the new PIO expiration? Is there a way to get this noted on my “PNR” to preclude any aggravation at the airport?

    Reply
  42. Kunjal

    Hi,
    My son has a USA passport and a PIO Card. We plan to. be in India from 19th Dec to 3rd Jan 2022. When we enter India his PIO will be valid but when we leave India on 3rd Jan 2022, it will be expired. Would he be able to enter Usa without any issue?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kunjal! He will be able to enter the US. The PIO has nothing to do with his US citizenship.

      Reply
  43. KC

    I have the same question as Kunjal and Raj. My son will be traveling with a valid US passport and a valid PIO card on Dec 15th to India and coming back from India to US on 05 Jan 2022. Will he have an issue with exit from India? The language around PIO card validity from Indian Embassy says
    “Indian Immigration Check Post(s) will continue to consider all PIO card valid for exit from/entry into India till December 31, 2021 as last and final opportunity.”
    Does that mean a valid OCI card is needed for exit from India after 31 Dec 2021 and you may not exit with an ‘invalid’ PIO card?

    Reply
  44. Alan

    Hi –
    What does it really mean “Convert your PIO to OCI by december 31 2021” – what if I dont convert by December 2021? (as I need to travel to india and dont want to submit my passport for conversion process at this point)
    Do I need to re-initiate the process of getting the OCI card from scratch? (after my travel)
    Currently me, my wife have PIO cards (are US Citizens) and our daughter is a US citizen with multiple entry tourist visa Our travel dates are Dec 15 2021 to Jan 5 2022.
    Can I assume – me and my wife can travel with our PIO card (valid until 2025) and for my daughter we apply for new multiple entry e-visa

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Alan! PIO cardholders can enter India through December 31, 2021. We are not sure whether PIO cardholders can exit India after December 31.

      Reply
  45. Vishwanath

    We are passport holders of Netherlands with OCI. My daughter became 20 years old this year and has got a new passport. We understand that she has to get her OCI re- issued by Dec31, 2021.

    Can she travel to India with her existing OCI, attached to earlier Netherlands passport before Dec31, 2021?

    Can she stay in India for few weeks beyond Dec 31, 2021?

    Reply
  46. Raj

    Hello – I have a similar question as few others here. Daughter has a valid PIO card until 2024. We plan to enter India Dec 11 and return Jan 12. Since, PIO card is accepted only until Dec 31, 2021.

    – Will we have an issue even to leave the US as authorities may check our return ticket?
    – If not, will we have an issue to exit India on Jan 12?

    Few responses here indicate there should not be an issue to exit India as PIO card has nothing to do with a US citizen returning back but the response on 10-31 is a bit concerning.

    ‘Hi Alan! PIO cardholders can enter India through December 31, 2021. We are not sure whether PIO cardholders can exit India after December 31’

    Please advise with the latest information. Really appreciate all the hard work and information on this website.

    Also, if it may be an issue what is the quick alternative?

    Thanks a ton !
    Raj

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Raj! We crosschecked the website of Indian Embassy USA, where it is clearly mentioned – “Indian Immigration Check Post(s) will continue to consider all PIO card valid for exit from/entry into India till December 31, 2021 as last and final opportunity.” We found the same information on the website of Indian Consulate, Mexico. You can check here https://indianembassyusa.gov.in/pages/Mjc.

      Reply
  47. Raj

    Thank you very much for the quick response.

    I understand it may not be a problem to enter India before Dec 31 but would it be a problem to exit India on Jan 12, 2022?

    Regards,
    Raj

    Reply
  48. Amrata Srivastava

    Is there any further extension to convert pio to OCI? Looking at the condition it is not safe to travel with kids..

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Amrata! The timeline for the conversion of PIO cards (including handwritten ones) to OCI cards is extended until December 31, 2022.

      Reply
  49. Sree

    I have the same question. I am in India right now using a PIO card and may need to extend my stay into early January. Will I be allowed to leave the country after Dec 31?

    Reply
  50. Shraddha

    My son has US passport and staying in India with me. Passport was renewed for him in India. Now the PIO is already expired. So while filling in PIO to OCI conversion application, is this expired PIO still considered valid?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shraddha! We are not sure whether the expired PIO is valid or not. You can apply for an OCI card instead of converting the expired PIO card into an OCI card.

      Reply
  51. san

    Hi, My relative’s daugter US passport was valid for 5 yrs only post birth, that they earned after long delayed when she got 10 yrs old now. She has a valid handwritten PIO card and residing in India for last 9 yrs. Does she need to convert pio into oci and where to contact? Where to contact if she needs indian passport now? Is it necessary to renew US passport, kindly suggest agency to take help from?

    Reply
  52. Annonymous

    My kids have PÍO card with expiry date in 2024
    We are planning to Travel in June 2022
    Can we travel on PIO without change to OCI

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello! All PIO cards are valid until DEC 31, 2022. They must be converted into OCI by December 2022.

      Reply
  53. Gary Sohal

    Having read the whole thread of questions and replies, I am still none the wiser about whether expired PIO cards are still acceptable. Some people have commented that they have been told that all PIO cards (expired or not) are valid to travel to India as long as travel with PIO cards is allowed. This kind of makes sense as PIO cards were declared valid for life. So as long as Indian Foreign Office keep extending the requirement to convert a PIO to OCI (currently extended till 31/Dec/22), travel with an expired PIO card must be possible. However, I’d like this to be confirmed. Do you know of anyone who has traveled to India with an expired PIO card successfully?

    Reply
  54. Sanjay Patil

    Have filed to convert my Son’s PIO card to OCI.
    He was issued a PIO in 2007.
    We travelled to India in 2009/2010 and since then been living in India.
    Since then son has had 3 Passports.
    There is a gap between the passports 1,2 (Approx 150 days) and then again between 2 and 3 (Approx 100 days) where his US Passport expired.
    I am been told by agent that we will have to buy/pay for and Indian Visa during these gaps.
    Is this correct.
    To simplify with Example.
    PIO was issued in 2007 and valid till end of 2022 (this year)
    PIO was issued on US Passport X (2007) which expired in 2012.
    The New US Passport we applied was in 2012 after about 150 days of expiry of the initial one. Reason the US consulate advised us not to travel because of security issues and as they were visiting Pune themselves at the US Center and granting people visas in person.
    The second Visa expired in 2017 we again applied for renewal which was issued in 2018 about 100 days after the expiry of the Passport.
    PLEASE ADVISE

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sanjay! We would have been happy to help you out, but we are little knowledgeable of your scenario. Kindly be advised to post your query on some forum.

      Reply
  55. M K

    Hello Sir/Madam

    We are travelling to India in June/July 2022 and one of my kid has handwritten PIO, Handwritten PIO cards are still valid?

    regards,
    AK

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Milind! All PIO cards including the handwritten ones will be accepted by the Indian immigration authorities at all airports until December 31, 2022. Kindly be advised to verify the same with the Indian consulate in your jurisdiction.

      Reply
  56. Rahul

    Hello,

    I’m travelling to India on June 14, and have a PIO card issued in 2008 and showing validity till 2023. I know that PIO cards are valid till December 2022 however I have my old passport number on the PIO card. Will this be an issue?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rahul! In our knowledge, it is not an issue if you carry both your passports old and new along with the PIO card. You can contact the Indian Embassy or Consulate for more reliable information.

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  57. Prasad

    Hi,
    I have an expired in 2019and handwritten PIO Card. Is it valid for traveling to INDIA in June,2022

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Prasad! Handwritten PIO cards are valid for travel to and from India this year. Kindly be advised to verify this with the Indian Embassy or Consulate.

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  58. SM

    Hi, I have applied for conversion of PIO to OCI in US. I have booked ticket to fly To India. Now VFS is requesting for original PIO . If I share my PIO card then how can I fly to India? If I apply for e-visa then there is no option to fill details regarding previous visit to INdia on PIO status.
    What should I do ?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi SM! We have little knowledge of this scenario. Be advised to contact the Indian Embassy or a consulate.

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  59. Manjula

    My Son PIO card is expired and we are planned to travel this week. Can he still travel on expired PIO card?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Manjula! Indian-origin foreign citizens cannot travel to India with the expired PIO or OCI card. Be advised to get your son an e-tourist visa to India if the travel date is around the corner.

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  60. Panduranga Vittal

    Hello fellow citizens, I have been trying to get an answer for the past 2 months if someone can travel to India with an expired PIO card and I finally got an answer from CGI-San Franciso. Here’s their response.

    Dear Applicant,

    If PIO card is expired, you can not travel with existing PIO card.

    There is no process to update PIO card with latest US Passport. For PIO to OCI conversion, please refer to https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ind/apply-oci-services
    PIO to OCI conversion timeline is extended till 31-Dec-2022.

    I’m glad I made the decision to get the e-Visa. If you’re wondering what info to enter on the previous Visa details, Choose ‘Visit Visa’ as the Visa Type and enter the PIO number as the Visa Number along with the Place and Date of Issue and you should be set. I got the e-Visa for my daughter within a day.

    Hope this helps anyone who has been wondering about both expired PIO card and what info to enter on the e-Visa.

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Panduranga! You got the right information. If your PIO card has expired, you can’t travel to India.

      Reply
  61. Anand

    I recently enquired with multiple government authority as my Son is Traveling this week.
    1. All PIO card (even if they are expired) are valid till 31st December 2022 to enter / exit India if they were valid as of 2015. Confirmed by India FRRO as well as Indian Embassy in Washington.
    2. PIO to OCI conversion needs to be done before the same time once the journey is performed.
    3. In case of exit from India or applying for OCI, If there is a gap in passport validity of the card holder (Could not renew due to COVID), it has to be regularized by applying at https://indianfrro.gov.in/frro/

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Anand! Thanks for sharing this information with the readers of our portal.

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    • Nandini

      Can I enter India with PIO card before 31st December and exit from India in January 2023 on the same? I will not get time in India to convert from PIO to OCI.

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      • indianeagle Post author

        Hi Nandini! You can travel to India with your existing PIO card before December 31, 2022. Whether you will be travel out of India on the same existing PIO card, it depends on airlines.

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  62. Andy

    I have a PIO that expires in 2024. I plan to travel to India on December 21st 2022 and return back on January 10th 2023. My concerns are:

    1. PIO are considered as valid travel document until December 31st 2022. My departure from India is in January 2023. Will this be a problem?

    2. I have not applied for OCI. Am I required to apply for OCI before my travel to India?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Andy! We’re not sure whether you will be able to travel out of India with the PIO card in 2023. Even if you apply for an OCI card now, it will take time to be issued.

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