The Jakarta Post
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...