If you wish to trot the globe while possessing a hand written passport, maybe you need to quickly alter you plans. With November waning soon, a rule has been passed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to stop accepting handwritten passports from November 25, 2015. Even passport holders with validity for the next 20 years would not be allowed to travel under this new rule. This means that you wouldn’t be able to obtain a visa of any country with the old passport.
It is applicable to nearly every country since almost each one of them is a member state of ICAO. All passport holders will have to be objected to the same conditions, including the ordinary, service and diplomatic passport holders. However, refugees and homeless people and those obtaining travel documents in state of an emergency are exempted from it for now.
ICAO has been encouraging countries around the globe for the quick access of the machine readable passports as the passengers might be denied an entry and are likely to go through hassles of lengthy processes.
The globe is advancing and today nearly 120 country claim to be making use of e-passports. Machine readable passports allow a safe and convenient experience at the border control.
Own a hand written passport? Don’t let it ruin your most anticipated travel plans! Apply for a new passport as this is the last week before the expiration of hand written passports.