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Passport validity extended ahead of E-Passport rollout

June 30, Colombo (LNW): The Department of Immigration and Emigration has announced an extension for passports expiring from the end of June, prolonging their validity by one year in anticipation of the e-passport launch in January next year.

Passports set to expire after a decade of use by June 30th will be extended free of charge for an additional year.

The introduction of e-passports, featuring embedded electronic chips, is slated for January, and the public is advised to upgrade to the new format.

An immigration official confirmed that a company has been chosen to produce the e-passports following a bidding process, with the goal of issuing approximately 700,000 e-passports annually once the project is operational.

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