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Use of Thuraya/Irridium Satellite phones is banned in India. Unauthorised use of such phones will lead of confiscation of the same and will attract prosecution as per relevant laws governing use of satellite phones in India. Visitors are advised not to carry/use satellite phones during their visit to India.
Ấn Độ cấm sử dụng điện thoại vệ tinh Thuraya/Irridium. Người sử dụng trái phép loại điện thoại này sẽ bị tịch thu điện thoại và khởi tố theo luật pháp liên quan đến việc sử dụng điện thoại vệ tinh tại Ấn Độ. Vì vậy, du khách khi đến thăm Ấn Độ không nên mang theo hay sử dụng điện thoại vệ tinh.
Deadline for conversion of PIO Cards to OCI Card is extended to 31 December 2017

Embassy of India



Deadline for Conversion of PIO Cards to OCI Card


        The Government of India has withdrawn the PIO Card scheme vide Gazette Notification No. 25024/9/2014F.I dated 09.01.2015 and replaced it with OCI scheme. As part of the exercise of bringing about uniformity in the scheme, all erstwhile PIO card holders are required to get their PIO cards converted into OCI as per instructions issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The conversion of PIO Card to Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) Cards is gratis. The extended deadline for conversation of PIO cards to OCI Cards will be over on 31 December 2017. 

        All existing PIO card holders are urged to urgently apply for conversation of their PIO cards to OCI cards 

For more details about the OCI Scheme, kindly visit the website