Tag Archives: ePassports

South Sudan to start issuing of EAC digital passport: official

By | June 12, 2018

In a bid to enhance cross-border movement of people and goods, South Sudan has said it is ready to begin processing and issuing East African Community (EAC) electronic passport. According to Mou Mou Athian, the under-secretary in the Ministry of Trade, Industry and East African Affairs, the e-passport is expected to unleash benefits linked to regional integration. “We… Read More »

E-Gates to give immigration clearance in seconds to citizens of select countries

By | May 13, 2018

NEW DELHI: Come January 2019, low-risk foreign travellers will not have to wait in long queues at airport immigration counters as the government plans to install special automated kiosks for speedy document and identity verification. Low-risk travellers from select countries from January 2019 can enter India without standing in long queues at immigration counters as the government has… Read More »

Gemalto awarded multi-year service contract for new British passports

By | April 23, 2018

London, 23 April ​​​2018 – Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, today announces it has won an open tender with the Home Office, acting through Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO), for the production of the next generation of British passports and associated services.  Gemalto, an international security company with substantial operations in the UK, won the contract following a… Read More »

Ukraine sees record demand for biometric passports amid visa-free regime with EU

By | February 23, 2018

KIEV, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) — The demand for biometric passports in Ukraine hit a record-high in 2017 due to the introduction of the visa-free regime with the European Union (EU), official data showed Friday. The State Migration Service said in a report it has issued about 4.033 million biometric passports last year compared with 1.509 million in 2016.… Read More »

Malta – 400,000th biometric passport issued

By | February 22, 2018

Identity Malta has in recent days issued the 400,000th passport to Maltese citizens. It is calculated that by the end of this year each valid passport will be biometric. As a commemoration on this significant event, Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship Julia Farrugia presented a memento to Mrs Michelle Guisti who is the 400,000th person who applied to renew… Read More »

Kuwait wins best electronic passport prize for 2018

By | February 21, 2018

KUWAIT, Feb 21 (KUNA) — The Ministry of Interior announced on Wednesday wining the “outstanding achievement for the best electronic passport for 2018” prize during its participation in the annual international convention, The High Security Printing Europe, Middle East and Europe Conference, held in Poland between February 19-21. The Ministry’s General Department of Public Relations and Security Media… Read More »

E-passports will be introduced by 2020 in Tanzania

By | February 19, 2018

By January 2020, East African Community e-passports will replace the old national document. It’s an attempt to facilitate trade between the five EAC member countries: Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda. E-passports characteristics Following the same steps as Kenya, Tanzania will introduce the electronic passport to its citizens in 2020. The new travel document will charge Tsh150,000 for… Read More »

Keeping track of foreigners in Thailand – new e-passport data to be used

By | February 14, 2018

The Immigration Bureau and the Interior Ministry have been instructed to speed up the implementation of a single-platform online database of foreigners entering and leaving the Kingdom. The order was given by Deputy PM General Prawit Wongsuwan when he chaired the meeting of the fifth government committee in charge of bureaucratic reforms at Government House. “The single platform… Read More »

Taiwan ex-ambassador becomes chief of BOCA after e-passport debacle

By | February 1, 2018

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After the e-passport debacle, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) appointed Chen Chun-shen (陳俊賢) as the new director-general of the Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA), who took office on January 29.  “The first thing to be done is to raise the morale in the office, which will take some time. I will also examine… Read More »

Tanzanian President launches e-passport

By | January 31, 2018

Tanzanian President John Magufuli at a ceremony held in Dar es salaam on Wednesday launched a new e-passport for the country’s citizens.Speaking at the launch, Magufuli said it was high time the country digitalized its passports to ensure it does not fall in the wrong hands. Stressing that a lot of immigrants have been taking advantage of the… Read More »

Tanzania Selects HID Global to Deliver e-Immigration Solution and Electronic Passports

By | January 31, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas, January 31, 2018 – HID Global®, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, today announced that the government of Tanzania has selected HID as its prime supplier for an end-to-end solution for issuing electronic passports as part of Tanzania’s transformative e-Immigration programme.  The new ePassport was unveiled publicly today as part of the inauguration of the end-to-end… Read More »

Solomon Islands – E-passports processing to resume

By | January 30, 2018

In a statement, the Ministry of Commerce, Industries, Labour & Immigration confirmed the arrival of the new E-Passport books. This came after the e-passports had run out in the  Immigration Department. “New e-passport books have arrived. “Our passport division will start printing passports by Wednesday,” the statement said. It added that the ministry also apologized for any inconvenience… Read More »

Taiwan – Stickers Unveiled to ‘Fix’ Taiwan Passport Debacle

By | January 30, 2018

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs unveiled a rectified image within Taiwan’s second-generation biometric passport on Jan. 24, following a row over a design error on one of the passport’s illustrations late last year. That design malfunction in December — in which the offending page showed the United States’ Washington Dulles International Airport instead of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport… Read More »

Taiwan – Ministry accepts 100,000 fixed passports

By | January 24, 2018

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said it has inspected and accepted 100,000 of 550,000 revised copies of the next-generation biometric passport, which is expected to be put back into circulation early next month at the latest. The Bureau of Consular Affairs accepted the 100,000 copies on Tuesday and is scheduled to inspect a second batch of 120,000… Read More »

Nigeria – Passport printing delayed by blackout not machines breakdown – immigration

By | January 16, 2018

Claims that passport printing machines broke down are “fake”, Immigration Services director Gordon Kihalangwa has said. He said on Tuesday that a power outage experienced at their Nyayo offices affected the printing process. The issue had caused uproar among many applicants who said they could not access the application system and that production was slow. Some claimed printing machines had broken down. But… Read More »

Kyrgyzstan to produce biometric international passports after 6 months

By | January 9, 2018

The State Registration Service (SRS) plans to start issuing biometric international passports from the second half of 2018, Kabar with reference to the press service of the SRS reported. The equipment for the manufacture of passports has already been acquired with the support of UNDP and the Government of Japan. The new equipment provides a wide range of built-in personalization… Read More »

Namibia Switches to Electronic Passports

By | January 7, 2018

Namibia has ceased the issuing of machine-readable passports and will start issuing biometric or electronic passports as from Monday, 8 January 2018. This was announced by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration’s director for immigration and border control, Nehemia Nghishekwa, on Friday at a media briefing in Windhoek. Nghishekwa explained that electronic passports are highly secure travel… Read More »

Namibia introduces biometric passports

By | January 5, 2018

WINDHOEK, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) — Namibia will from Jan. 8, 2018 issue biometric or electronic passports, an official in the home affairs ministry said Friday. A biometric passport is a highly secure travel document or e-passport that has an embedded electronic microprocessor chip which contains biometric information that can be used to authenticate the identity of the passport… Read More »

Kenya’s EALA chairman urges EAC to embrace E-passport

By | January 5, 2018

Kenya’s EALA MP Simon Mbugua (2nd R) during election of EALA Speaker. [Photo|Simon Mbugua] Kenya’s EALA MP Simon Mbugua has appealed to all the other East African Community (EAC) partner states through their elected representatives at EALA to ensure each of their East African countries embrace the EAC passport. “The E.A.C electronic Passport has now been officially rolled… Read More »

Taiwan mulls a third gender option on national ID cards, passports

By | January 4, 2018

Taipei (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s government-level Gender Equality Committee said Thursday that to ensure the civil rights of transgender, intersex and other groups with different gender identities, the agency is conducting comprehensive research and study of the existing laws to propose plans to add a third gender option to national ID cards and passports.  Adding a third gender option outside of the… Read More »