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Uganda becomes first African Country to switch to electronic passport

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No more long wait or delays in getting passports reneweed or replaced for Ugandan expats in the UAE, as a new electronic service has been launched at the country’s embassy in Abu Dhabi to ease the process.

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The Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control at the Ugandan Ministry of Internal Affairs on Wednesday rolled out the e-passport enrollment service at the Ugandan mission in Abu Dhabi.

With a population of approximately 70,000 Ugandans in the UAE, the embassy has been getting many applications from people wanting to renew their passports or geting a replacement in case of those who have not switched to the new East African passport or those who travel documents got lost.

Previously, the passport applications were manually received and couriered to Uganda for verification and to be entered into the central system. But with the new e-passport system, the details are being received at the embassy, verified by an immigration official and sent instantly to the central system in Kampala, Uganda for printing the passport.

The new passport will be issued in a day and then sent to the Ugandan embassy in Abu Dhabi through a courier service and handed to applicant, according to authorities.

 

 

Source: Khaleej Times 

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