PIO Card Alert
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1. PIO Scheme has been withdrawn and merged with OCI scheme.  The last date for replacing PIO cards with OCI cards on gratis basis is 31.12.2017.

2. After 31.12.2017, replacement of PIO cards with OCI cards will attract a fee of CHF 365.-

3. The process of conversion of PIO cards to OCI cards takes about 3-4 weeks.

4. It has been brought to our notice that from October, 2018 International Civil Aviation Organization will accept only machine readable travel documents.  The existing PIO cards which are hand written will, therefore, become invalid travel documents.  Hence, it will be necessary for PIO cardholders to obtain machine readable OCI cards in lieu of existing hand written PIO cards before October, 2018 to avoid any inconvenience.

5. Please visit Embassy’s website www.indembassybern.ch (consular services) for further details.