Last Wednesday the Indian government relaxed certain Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) regulations for the reissue of a passport for those below 20 years of age and those above 50 years.

This relaxation has been granted temporarily until June 30 next year, the Foreign Ministry said.

The relaxation will be given in the following cases:

  • In case an OCI card holder below the age of 20 years has not got his/ her OCI card re-issued on change of passport, he/she may travel on the strength of his/her existing OCI card bearing the old passport number subject to the condition that along with the new passport, the OCI cardholder carries the old passport mentioned in the OCI card
  • In case an OCI card holder who has attained the age of 50 years and got his/her passport renewed subsequently but has not got his/her OCI card re-issued on renewal
    of the passport, he/she may travel till June 30, 2020 on the strength of his/ her existing OCI card along-with the new and old passports

According to the 2005 regulations, the OCI card must be reissued:

  • when a new passport is obtained by the card holder up to the age of 20
  • when obtaining a new passport after completing 50 years of age.

When a passport is issued to a card holder between 21 and 50 years old, a reissue of OCI cards is not required.

According to the ministry is advisable that OCI cardholders take steps to comply with existing OCI regulations and extend their OCI cards as required by the rules.