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Uganda to issue e-passports starting early next year

KAMPALA, (Xinhua) -- Uganda will, starting early next year, issue e-passports phasing out the traditional travel document in a bid to meet a regional deadline, a senior government official said on Monday.

Jacob Siminyu, the ministry of internal affairs spokesperson told Xinhua by telephone that electronic machine-readable travel documents or e-passports will have advanced security features.

“With the e-passport personalized, citizens leaving or entering the country can freely do so without necessarily interacting with immigration officers. The government of Uganda will soon be installing automated e-gates at Entebbe International Airport,” Siminyu said.

He said old passports will continue to be used by citizens for a transition period of two years until January 2021.

According to the internal affairs ministry, the e-passport will have biometric features that can identify the passport with the genuine owner.

The e-passport also limits chances of forgery of biometric information stored in the passport by fraudsters.

 
KAMPALA, (Xinhua) -- Dr Benon Mutambi, the Internal Affairs ministry’s Permanent Secretary.

Other countries in the East African region such as Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi are already issuing e-passports.

The region set December 2018 as the deadline when countries are expected to issue electronic passports to their citizens.

           

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