E-Passports to Be Issued Next Year

The directorate of Immigration and Passport (I&P) will start issuing e-passports from March 2018, announced Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal here on Wednesday.

Director General I&P Usman Bajwa and representative of French company Gemalto singed a contract for preparation of e-passports at the Ministry of Interior. The French company has been declared successful in the tender issued for e-passport project.

What is an E-Passport

E-passport is a biometric passport that has an embedded electronic microprocessor chip which contains biometric information that can be used to authenticate the identity of passport holder or traveler.

Addressing the signing ceremony, Iqbal said that e-passports will first be issued for diplomats and officials in March 2018 and then will be available for citizens from June 2018.

“This step will improve image of Pakistani passport across the world,” he remarked.

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal Wednesday said introduction of E-passport system would boost the country’s credibility at the international level.

Giving details about the new system, Ahsan Iqbal said that in the first phase, E-passports would be issued to government officials, including staff of Pakistanis embassies abroad in March 2018 and in the second phase to common citizens in the month of August.

He added that e-passport was a modern technology that would help overcome the practice of misuse of passports and facilitate the public.

The minister stated that the Interior Ministry had taken several measures during the last two years to improve the passport system, by issuance of online passports, mobile payments and executive passports.

Former Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had approved the introduction of e-passports last year. The project was supposed to be fully operational by the current year, but questions had been raised regarding transparency of procurement process which resulted in its delay.


  • Spakhe

    1) If all the user data is saved in a chip, it means chip data can be decoded & can be used to make duplicate illegal passports?
    2) How on earth does having a chip make a country’s image better?

    • Pakistan Can Do AnyThing Which does not exist in the Earth :)

    • Hassam Tahir

      there are around 100 countries that are using e-passports. Including France, Germany, China and USA.

    • Arslan Ejaz

      Think Before You Speak. A Simple Google Search reveals a lot of data.

      • for

        Yea Google does reveal a lot of info. So look up Gemalto hacks and vulnerabilities. Estonia is their biggest victim.
        Take your own advice, and think before you even think about saying anything :)

        • Spakhe

          So, my concern is right! Thanks for the details Mate!

        • Arslan Ejaz

          LOl you just google and gave me the info which i already know LOL

    • Can your mobile sim be duplicated?

      • Muhammad Abrar Ali

        yes as I am Using since 2007

        Super 6in1 Sims

        :D

  • RIP System :
    Ab Banega Duplicate Passport Kabhi Bhi Kahi Se Bhi :)

  • Xahid

    Passport ko e kar lo ya v kar lo, is se koi fark nahi partha, Passport ki value barha lo.

    • Passport Price Kam Ho & Logo Ko Problem Face Na Ho
      Is Se Passport Ranking Se Farq Pharta hai Chips Se Nahi Pharta “)

    • Sari dunya main Pakistan ka terrorist exporter ka image hai. Is say value ghanta barhy gi. According to US, Hafiz Saeed is a declared terrorist but moving freely in Pakistan.

      • Xahid

        According to US, agar US ki Aynak se hi Pakistan ko dekho gay to her Pakistani hi terrorist nazar aye ga.
        Pakistan ki value banane k liaye Govt. and politicians ko apni shah kharchiyan band kar k Pakistan pe investment karni hogi.