Tag Archives: ePassports

Kenya to introduce e-passport in September to enhance security

By | August 17, 2017

NAIROBI, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) — The Kenyan government said on Thursday that it will introduce electronic passport from September as part of efforts to improve security in the country. The country’s Directorate of Immigration and Registration of Persons Gordon Kihalangwa said the e-passport will have a chip that has details of an individual. Kihalangwa said the department would… Read More »

Kenya – Electronic passports to replace current passports in 2019

By | August 17, 2017

Kenyans traveling abroad will be required to replace their passports over the next two years, as the Department of Immigration begins phasing them out. This as the government rolls out the more secure electronic or e-passport from next month meant to capture a passport holder’s bio data. On Thursday, Immigration Department Director Gordon Kihalangwa said the department would… Read More »

Kenya – Kenyans to get new e-passports from September

By | August 17, 2017

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 17 – Kenya’s Immigration Department has announced that it will start to issue citizens with e-passports beginning next month. According to the Immigration Department, the upgrade is expected to facilitate faster clearance at ports of entry and exit and will apply to new applications/renewals before the current passport is phased out. The difference between the current… Read More »

Israel – Most Jerusalemites Prefer Biometric Passports

By | August 15, 2017

The Population Registry on Tuesday, 23 Menachem Av, released statistics pertaining to the regular and biometric teudat zehut, the Israeli identity card. It appears that from the beginning of June 2016, no less than 149,585 biometric ID cards were issued as were 253,207 biometric passports. Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, a supporter of the biometric program and national database,… Read More »

Sierra Leone News: Parliament approves amendment to e-passport price

By | August 10, 2017

As requested by the parent agreement, Members of Parliament have yesterday approved the amendment of Clause 5 on the agreement between the government of Sierra Leone and NETPAGE (SL) Limited for the production of e-passports. According to ‘Clause 5′ of the agreement the initial sales price of the e-passport shall be the equivalent of $120 USD in Leones… Read More »

Liberia Launches new Biometric ECOWAS Passport

By | August 8, 2017

Liberia has become the latest upgraded member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) based on the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Agreement with the official launch of the of Liberian Bio-metric e-Passport, the official Liberian travel document printed and issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who later became the very first recipient of the upgraded travel document, performed… Read More »

Philippine passport validity extended to 10 years

By | August 3, 2017

Dubai: Good news to Filipinos who endure serpentine queues when applying for or renewing their passport. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday signed into law the Republic Act 10928 that extends the validity of Philippine passports from five years to 10 years. The law allows Filipinos over the age of 18 years to have passports valid for 10… Read More »

Liberia – MOFA closes passport, visa sections temporarily

By | August 1, 2017

Authorities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have announced the temporary closure of the Bureau of Passport and Visas sections to new applicants and individuals applying for passports as they prepare to begin the issuance of e-Passports shortly. The Foreign Ministry said in order to get this vital process underway, the Bureau of Passport and Visas doors will… Read More »

10,000 Kuwaiti electronic passports being issued weekly

By | July 27, 2017

  Authorities in Kuwait are stepping up efforts to issue the new-look electronic passports to all citizens. Six specialized centres are issuing a total of 10,000 passports weekly – with a priority given to holder of passports which are nearing expiry. A security source told Alanba  newspaper that it takes an average 72 hours to issue an electronic… Read More »

Bahamas – Slow Passport Collection Upsets Henfield

By | July 21, 2017

Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield is not too pleased with the rate in which Bahamians are collecting their e-passports from the Passport Office, and although he acknowledged that the location may not be as ideal, he encouraged persons to collect their documents. “I am very happy with the progress of my staff with this regard, but I… Read More »

Israel slashes price for passports ordered at Ben Gurion Airport

By | July 13, 2017

Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority on Wednesday announced a discounted price for emergency passports purchased at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport. The discount is in compensation for the long wait times for those who wish to purchase a passport at their local Interior Ministry. Previously, citizens did not need an appointment for the Interior Ministry. However, since June 1… Read More »

Nigeria to begin local production of e-passports

By | July 13, 2017

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, Muhammad Babandede, has said that plans are underway for the domestication of the production of the Nigerian e-passport. Mr. Babandede disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja when members of the House of Representatives Committee on Interior came on an oversight visit. He said that the NIS was working round the… Read More »

Gambia – Interior minister clears air on passports, ID cards

By | July 11, 2017

The Minister of Interior has told members of the National Assembly that based on the advice of a technical committee after series of meetings, the ministry would like to renegotiate the passport and ID cards contract with SEMLEX. In response to Samba Jallow, Minority leader and member for Niamina Dankunku, Minister Fatty explained that on the 18th February… Read More »

Turks & Caicos Islands: New batch of passports ready for distribution

By | June 26, 2017

THE DEPARTMENT of Registration and Birth is in receipt of a new batch of passports.   Applicants throughout the Islands are being urged to collect theirs in a timely manner.   Minister of Border Control and Employment, Sean Astwood at a press conference on Tuesday (June 20) emphasised that his ministry is working feverishly to improve the lengthy… Read More »

Ukrainian Rada should pass legislation on vetting Donbas, Crimea residents applying for biometric passport

By | June 24, 2017

The Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada should pass legislation before the end of the current spring and summer session to introduce a special vetting procedure for all applicants coming from Crimea and Donbas who wish to receive a Ukrainian biometric foreign travel passport, National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said. “We should protect both Ukraine and Europe from… Read More »

Timor introduces ePassports

By | June 23, 2017

SINGAPORE, 23 June 2017: Gemalto, a leader in digital security, partners with the East Timor government to issue electronic passports (ePassports) to citizens. The complete solution is built around the ICAO-compliant ePassport model. It comes with a suite of capabilities such as easy enrolments, biometric data capture, de-duplication of redundant biometric information, disaster and data recovery, as well as… Read More »

Philippines – Warning aired vs e-passport with altered materials

By | June 23, 2017

Filipinos traveling abroad may run into trouble due to alleged unauthorized changes in materials and security features of the new digital passport, according to an anticorruption watchdog. Lawyer Argee Guevarra, a co-founder of the Action for Good Governance, said a private firm contracted by state-owned printer APO Production Unit Inc. has been producing e-passports with materials different from… Read More »

India – Madhya Pradesh to get nine new passport centres

By | June 19, 2017

BHOPAL: The Union government has decided to open passport centres at nine new locations in Madhya Pradesh. External affairs minister Sushma Swarajrecently announced the launch of 149 new Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSK) across the country, including nine in MP. “These will be in addition to four POPSKs announced by the ministry of external affairs in the… Read More »

Philippines – New e-passport ‘fake’ – anti-graft advocate

By | June 19, 2017

An anti-corruption advocate on Monday claimed that the new e-passports scheduled to be released in August or September have serious flaws that may cause problems to Filipino travelers. Argee Guevarra, convenor of Action for Good Governance, said that the new e-passports “will not stand up to scrutiny and may cause them to be flagged as fake.”  “Thousands of… Read More »

Philippines – Anticorruption advocate warns of glitches in e-passports

By | June 19, 2017

THE head of a non-governmental organization on Monday warned that serious flaws in future batches of Philippine e-passports will cause overseas workers and other Filipino travelers to be barred from entering their countries of destination. “Thousands of migrant Filipino workers and other travelers are unwittingly headed to purgatory on Earth. They may be barred from entering countries of… Read More »