All PIO cardholders are once again requested to get convert their existing PIO cards into OCI cards before 31.12.2017 by submitting application for registration as OCI in lieu of PIO at the consular wing of the Embassy of India, Vienna between 0930 hrs. to 1130 hrs. on all working days on gratis basis. Only ICWF charges of euro 3.00 would be levied for each application. For application form and documents required, please refer to the website of the Embassy of India, Vienna.
It is again made clear to the PIO community/PIO card holders that those travelling to India on the strength of their existing PIO cards (handwritten) will be refused entry at the Indian immigration counters and sent back after ICAO’s rules/guidelines come into effect from October/November 2018 with respect to travel with machine readable travel documents.
Important : Last date is 31.12.2017. Any conversion of PIO cards into OCI cards after this cut off date of 31.12.2017 would attract a normal fee of euro 216 plus ICWF charges of euro 3.00.