Namibia launches ePassport

09/01/18

Namibia's home affairs ministry has launched a biometric passport with enhanced security features.

Nehemia Nghishekwa, acting permanent secretary in the ministry, launched the e-passport in Windhoek on Friday.

“A biometric passport is a highly secured travel document or passport with a chip for document security enhancement, rendering it difficult to forge,” he said.

The current machine-readable passports in circulation will still be in use until they outlive their five-year lifespan.

It will be available to ordinary, diplomatic and official passport holders.

Nghishekwa said the ministry will still issue the brown passport, also known as the emergency travel document, until further notice.

The e-passport will cost N$160 for the time being, until government gazettes the new fee of N$200, which was approved by Cabinet last year.

Subscribe to our free newsletter
Follow us on Twitter
Join us on LinkedIn

Latest Features & Interviews

SDW 2018 Interview: secunet on EES

In this interview, Frank Steffens, Principal in the Homeland Security division of Germany’s secunet tells us about their approach to the biometric Entry/Exit System (EES) planned in Europe.

SDW 2018 Interview: Ixla

Company spotlights have been created to give firms operating in the secure documents and identity industry an opportunity to discuss trends, product innovations and achievements.

White paper: Gemalto - The paper elements of a passport

An expert’s guide to using the paper elements of a passport.

More articles >>
Share |

Sponsored Links

SDW Conference and Exhibition
SDW is a world-leading conference and exhibition providing a global showcase for next-generation secure credentialing solutions.