Tanzania to enforce use of EAC ePassports


Tanzania will from Saturday enforce the use of the new East African Community electronic passport (ePassport) as its official international travel document, according to senior officials.

 Immigration Department spokesperson Ally Mtanda.told local newspaper The East African that the phasing out of the old passports will end on March 1 to allow Tanzanians in foreign countries one month to use the old passports to travel back home.

Mr Mtanda said that from February 1, non-electronic passports will no longer be recognised and accepted for travel although the process of applying for the digital passports is continuous.

Kenya was the first EAC member to roll out ePassports in September 2017, implementing an agreement signed at the EAC Heads of State summit in December 2016.


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