MFA introducing 10-year Passport; adopts more Security Features

MFA introducing 10-year Passport; adopts more Security Features

Tanakorn Sangiam

 

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BANGKOK, 12 July 2019 (NNT) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is introducing a new a generation of passports, offering an option for 10-year validity, and including iris scan data for added security according to the ICAO’s requirements. The new passport is set to be available in the middle of next year.

 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Deputy Permanent Secretary Thani Thongphakdi has revealed that the production of the third generation Thai electronic passport, will be undertaken by the DGM Group, the winner of the contract. It is now setting up the systems required for the manufacture of the new passports, which will shorten the request process for applicants to only 12 minutes, from the current duration of 20 minutes.

 

More passport application centers will be opened, providing services at 500 locations from the current 319 locations. The production of each passport will take only one working day, from the current requirement of two working days. The new passports will have a 10-year validity for persons above the legal age, however a 5-year validity will remain an option. Fees for the two validity options are being determined based on costs and other factors.

 

The new version of electronic passport will include for the first time, the holder’s iris scan data as another biometric form of identification, in addition to fingerprints collected in the current version of the Thai passport. The new biometrics will allow for more precise personal identification. Safety and anti-counterfeiting features will be enhanced in keeping with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s requirements. The production and roll out of the new passport will start in mid-2020.

 

The MFA deputy permanent secretary has reassured the public of transparency in the procurement process for the 3rd-generation electronic passport project, with three committees from various agencies auditing the project, under the supervision of the government procurement committee, the so called Superboard, which will be involved in all processes. The MFA aims to improve its services to the general public, minimizing passport application time, and implementing the latest technologies with the passport to prevent counterfeiting or any unlawful use.

 

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