Phasing out of the old passports will end on March 1 to allow Tanzanians in foreign countries one month to use the old passports to travel back home. By Rose Mirembe


 

Tanzania's new electronic passport. PHOTO | COURTESY MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS

 

 

Kenya was the first EAC member to roll out e-passports in September 2017, implementing an agreement signed at the EAC Heads of State summit in December 2016. By Rose Mirembe

Uganda and Rwanda, which are in the process of introducing e-passports, have both set a deadline of 2021 for phasing out the old passports.

Tanzania will from Saturday enforce the use of the new East African Community electronic passport (e-passport) as its official international travel document.

Phasing out of the old passports will end on March 1 to allow Tanzanians in foreign countries one month to use the old passports to travel back home.

Old passport holders within Tanzania will not be allowed to use them to travel abroad, according to the Immigration Department spokesperson Ally Mtanda.

Mr Mtanda said that from February 1, non-electronic passports will no longer be recognised and accepted for travel although the process of applying for the digital passports is continuous.

Kenya was the first EAC member to roll out e-passports in September 2017, implementing an agreement signed at the EAC Heads of State summit in December 2016.

Uganda and Rwanda, which are in the process of introducing e-passports, have both set a deadline of 2021 for phasing out the old passports.