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Jakarta Post

E-passport to premiere in January, government says

  • Mustaqim Adamrah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 2 2010   /  11:09 am

Indonesians will have two passport options starting in January of next year – the existing passport and a new version with a chip that contains the passport holder’s information.

The passport with the chip, dubbed the e-passport, will be mandatory by 2015 as required by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) following its implementation in a number of ICAO member countries for security reasons, a government official says.

Indonesia is one of 190 ICAO member countries.

A spokesman from the Justice and Human Rights Ministry’s directorate general for immigration, Maroloan Baringbing, said Wednesday the chip in the e-passport would provide more security than the current passport, preventing people from using forged passports or visas and committing transnational crimes.

All the e-passport holder’s information will be kept in the chip and a ba...