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Validity of expired passports extended by one year until ‘e-passport issuance’ – Department of Immigration and Emigration

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The Department of Immigration and Emigration announced that passports that expire after a period of ten years by June 30th will be extended up to one year free of charge. The new electronic chip-inserted e-passport will be issued to the public by January next year, and the public is encouraged to get their new passport converted to an e-passport.

The Department has extended the validity of all passports that expire from June end by one year until the issuance of the e-passport project takes off in January next year.

The department is hoping to issue about 700,000 e-passports annually once the project is underway.

A senior Immigration official told company had been selected after calling bids to grant the printing of the new e-passport and the process is underway at present.

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