Uganda to start issuing East African Electronic Passports

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Uganda will join its East African counterparts, Burundi and Kenya currently issuing e-passports/electronic passports. The issuance of e-passports in Uganda will commence on January 15th 2019 after the Uganda Cabinet approved the switch to e-passports during a sitting at State House, Entebbe.

According to Mr. Ofwono Opondo, “Citizens wishing to apply for the current National Machine Readable Passports now but without an urgent need for International travel between now and 10th January, 2019 will be strongly advised to wait until the commissioning and launch of the e- passport system on 10th January 2019, so that they can be able to apply and be issued with the new International EAC e-Passport with an activated chip.”

The new passport is going to facilitate travel within the integrating East African region and also combat transnational crime.

“The East African International e-Passport shall facilitate travel within the region and  will also be equipped with adequate Security features that can help handle matters connected with transnational crime like identity fraud,” added Ofwono.

The e-Passport is also expected to provide an opportunity for integration with other innovative solutions for online identification and authentication for e-Government Services.

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