Work begins on introducing Fijian ePassports
February 5, 2019 9:57 am
The Department of Immigration is undergoing the process of introducing new electronic machine readable passports or ‘ePassports’.
Director, Nemani Vuniwaqa says this is in accordance with the National Development Plan.
Vuniwaqa says during the transition period which comes into effect from today, the previous traditional passports will be gradually phased out resulting in likely delays.
The director says this temporary drawback will be remedied immediately upon the delivery of new ePassports.
He says the Department will continue to accept passport applications; however issuance will be restricted to those seeking urgent medical evacuation abroad and those submitting justifications for urgent travels.
Vuniwaqa says the transition to ePassports will both strengthen border security and streamline customs and immigration, decrease passenger processing time and creating an easier and efficient travel experience.