KAMPALA – The Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control has announced that it is set to phase out old passports on January 15, 2021.
As result, the Commissioner Citizenship and Passport Control, Brig Johnson Namanya said all Ugandans with old passports have been asked to acquire new e-passports.
“Old passports are going to be phased on January 15, 2021, and we will all be required to use the new e-passports,” Namanya said.
He added that the online platform, which was launched in December 2019, has been embraced by Ugandans, with as many as 1,000 applications being received daily.
He added that online application is quicker since an applicant doesn’t need to get recommendation from local leaders as it were initially. The system is integrated with National Identity Registration Authority-NIRA and National Identity Technology Authority- NITA-U.
Namanya said government will also extend the E-passport services to missions abroad for Ugandans who need for instance to renew passports. The services will be rolled out in May in London in the UK, Washington in USA, Pretoria in South Africa Copenhagen in Denmark, Abu Dhabi in UAE and Ottawa in Canada.
He added that by March, their centres in Mbale, Mbarara and Gulu districts will be able to receive applicants’ details for passports.