Dominica has launched its electronic passport (e-passport) that it says will significantly reduce identity theft and will be an integral component of its border management systems.
National Security Minister Rayburn Blackmoore said that Dominicans have until July 2023 to acquire the new passport so that passport holders who have recently renewed their travel document have plenty of time to get the electronic version.
Tourism Minister Denise Charles said Dominica has joined other countries worldwide that have “taken the bold step” in providing the new travel document.
“E-passports will add a new layer of security to traditional non-electronic passports by embedding an electronic chip in the passport booklet that stores biographical information such as facial features as well as a digital security feature,” she said.
“Therefore, our electronic passports should make the immigration checkpoint process must faster and would allow immigration officers to quickly authenticate of travels, first providing protection against identity theft and fraud.”
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