24 May 2016

Solomon Islands to introduce e-passports

7:54 pm on 24 May 2016

Immigration authorities in Solomon Islands say they are on track to introduce electronic passports and border control management systems for the country by the end of the year.

Passport visa (file photo).

Passport visa (file photo). Photo: 123rf

Senior immigration officials from the country this week completed training in Kuala Lumpur with specialised personnel from the Information and Management System Group of IRIS Corporation Berhad.

The Malaysian company contracted last year by the Solomon Islands government to set up its e-Passport systems.

The immigration division says work on the required facilities and infrastructure for the electronic systems are expected to be completed at the end of next month.

The new e-passport system will involve new fees and processes including a requirement that applicants be physically present to register their finger prints, photo and signature for a new e-passport.

The government says the e-passports technology should ease travel burdens, reduce waiting times for check-ins and arrivals and improve national border control.