Zimbabwe launches e-passport


Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa late Tuesday launched the country’s e-passport aimed at enhancing security by preventing identity theft and forgery.

“The move is in line with the government’s vision of a modernised economy through the application of advanced information and communication technology systems,’’ Mnangagwa said.

He made the remarks at the launching ceremony, which coincided with the commissioning of a new passport enrolment centre in Harare.

Key features of the new e-passport include an electronic cover with a chip and a security thread fully embedded in the inner booklet pages, among others.

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“These enhanced security features will go a long way in fighting cross-border organised crime and illegal migration, thereby fostering the integrity of our immigration system,’’ Mnangagwa said.

He added that an online application system will be introduced to allow people to apply and pay for travelling documents remotely, with a physical appearance at the registry only for biometrics.

The normal processing of a new e-passport will cost $100 while the urgent processing of an emergency passport will cost $200.

All valid current passports will remain in use until they stop being acceptable internationally by Dec. 31, 2023.

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