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Every Indian Will Get E-Passport from 2021

Government of India has started the process of issuing e-passports to the Indian citizens, according to an ET report.

What Are E-Passports?

The Centre, on a trial basis, had issued 20,000 official and diplomatic e-passports embedded with an electronic microprocessor chip.

Currently, the Indian passport is in a booklet format. If you apply for a new passport or re-issue of a current one in 2021, you will likely get the e-passport.

This move might reduce the forgery as e-passports will be difficult to forge and help faster immigration for the passengers.

The e-passports will follow the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards.

The ET report indicated that all 36 passport offices in India will issue e-passports after the components of the personalization system are installed in the current issuance system.

The e-passports will be incorporated without any disturbances to the current system and also without any increase in the current issuance time.

On June 24, the External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar while emphasizing the need to speed up the launch of e-passports had said their introduction will greatly strengthen the security of Indian travel documents.

Jaishankar also said that the ministry is working with Indian Security Press, Nashik, and National Informatics Centre for e-passports with advanced security features.

Will Passport Issuing Process Speed Up With the E-Passports?

The Centre is looking for an agency to set up the IT infrastructure for the big project which will issue 10,000-20,000 e-passports per hour. IT systems will be set up in Delhi and Chennai to handle the load, the report stated.

The e-passports generated on a trial basis until now were issued only from Consular, Passport, and Visa (CPV) Division at Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) headquarters.

ET report also stated that The National Informatics Centre, which is working in tandem with the MEA, has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) on August 12 to select an agency to set up the IT Infrastructure for the e-passports.

The RFP reads, “It will require a completely dedicated set-up and processes for e-passport document issuance. The e-passport has international ramifications because of its usage as credible identity document issued by any sovereign country, it is absolutely necessary to keep track of any security and quality issues.”

The target output predicted by the Centre is 10,000 e-passports per hour and 50,000 per day. Although this can be hastened by 20,000 per hour and 1,00,000 per day.


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  1. Nice step and it reduces the timing.

  2. Very nice. Hindustan zindabad.

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  4. It's very good steps toward speedy work and when it will start the service?

  5. nice how can we apply if are working abroad and we have working for 5 year contract

  6. Excellent step taking to security measures, wonderful result of digitization, BHARATH MATA KI JAI🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  7. please define the procedure for E-Passport.

  8. I have already a passport. How to possession of E-passport. And also guide me to apply for E-passport for my families

  9. The step Government of taken is fantastic idea at this age of Technology and is a protection and safe for the entire Country. It gives a very fast movement for arrival and departure Terminals. It will drastically reduce the waiting times. It is a Blessing to the aged people who waits hours together in the terminal. Congratulations"

  10. My passport is expiring in 2022, can I apply for an e passport online?

  11. It would be good start through Digitization. But how can we apply ? Can anyone help ?

  12. Do we need to apply for E Pasport or it will be issued to existing Pasport holders.

  13. Good initiative, but, how is the VISA stamping done on the E-Passports?

    1. ePassports would have paper pages similar to regular passports. Hence there is no difference regarding issuing Visa stamping

  14. nice digitally efforts of digital India

  15. What happens to my existing valid passport with Visas of other nations affixed?

  16. Aadhar should be linked with passport too


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