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THIS WEEK: e-passports for January

THIS WEEK: e-passports for January

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The government has said Ugandan citizens will start receiving electronic (biometric) passports beginning January 2019.

“Uganda is ready to migrate from the current machine readable passports to e-passports in January 2019,” Dr Benon Mutambi, the Internal Affairs ministry’s Permanent Secretary, announced via Twitter.

Mutambi added in the tweet, “This will come along with improved service delivery. Immigration shall be relying on the National Identity Registration Authority (NIRA) database in the issuance of passports.” In the East African Community, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda are already issuing e-passports.

Ugandans who have the traditional passports will have to surrender the old one and pay for the e one. The East African Community (EAC) set December 31 as a deadline for phasing out the traditional passports.

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