Travel advisory issued by New York Consulate for Overseas Citizen of India -
Travel advisory issued by New York Consulate for Overseas Citizen of India
Posted 29 Nov 2019 01:58 PM


It has been reported that owing to the Christmas and New Year holidays, a number of Indian origin travellers with the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card are facing difficulties to board flights to India from the US. The problem is happening with only a few airlines.

Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul General of India in New York, threw light on the issue and said that travellers, who haven’t yet updated their OCI documents after getting their passports renewed, were not granted permission to board their flights to India.

According to Mr. Chakravorty, the airlines with which most passengers are facing issues around these rules are Air India and Qatar Airways. The boarding denial issue for Qatar Airways came into light at the Boston Logan International Airport while passengers were denied boarding Air India flights at the JFK Airport in the New York City.

Now, the Indian immigration authorities are accepting an OCI card with old passport number only for those who are over 20 years. However, airlines flying to India can still be problematic. The solution to the problem as advised by the authorities is to carry both new and old passports along until the OCI card is not renewed.

The New York Consulate has also issued a press release mentioning all the rules and regulations after these incidents. Major highlights of the release are:

1) For every OCI cardholder “who is 20 years of age or younger, the OCI card must be renewed each time a new passport is issued” as per the rules.

2) OCI cards need not be renewed for those between 21 and 49 years of age. And, for an OCI cardholder “who attains the age of 50 years or more”, OCI card must be renewed only once after the issuance of a new passport.

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