Govt to launch new e-passport service from May

The federal government is planning to launch a new e-passport service from May this year.

As per details, a microchip with all biometric information of an individual would be embedded in each e-passport to help authenticate the identity of the traveler.

Now, 2 pictures of the passport holder will be displayed on the main page of the new e-passport. The launch of the e-passport service will also help the airport authorities to complete the travel procedure within the shortest span of time.

The new e-passport can also accept additional information that may be required in the future and can only be added by the Pakistani immigration and passport authorities.

On the other hand, the installation of e-gates for e-passport service has not completed by the authorities. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) holds the responsibility to install e-gates.

The interior ministry had also launched an SMS service to inform people six months prior to the expiry of their passports.

One week before, the federal government had notified a cut in the fee of a 10-year passport after Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed announced the decision.

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