- India will begin issuing e-passports with embedded chips in 2022-2023, according to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
- The e-passports will function similarly to standard passports, but will have embedded chips and cutting-edge technology.
- Microchips with crucial security data would be included in the e-passports.
India will begin issuing e-passports with embedded chips in 2022-2023, according to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Sanjay Bhattacharya, the Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs, had previously announced on Twitter that India would soon receive e-passports with secure biometric data. He stated that e-passports would be compliant with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s regulations (ICAO).
During her Budget Speech, Sitharaman stated that the e-passports will serve the same role as regular passports but will include embedded chips and cutting-edge technology. Microchips with crucial security data would be included in the e-passports. Users in India are now issued only printed passports, although e-passports are accessible in nations such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany.
The password would hold secure biometric data, ensure simple travel through immigration posts around the world, and the e-passport would be ICAO compatible, according to Bhattacharya. It will be produced in Nashik, India, by India Security Press. India is in talks with the ‘India Security Press’ over microchips, according to the External Affairs Minister. “We recommend prioritising the production of e-passports so that a new passport booklet with advanced security features can be introduced in the near future,” Jaishanker added.
What is an e-passport?
The functions of an e-passport will be the same as those of a standard passport, but it will be more secure. Because the e-passport will include an electronic chip with the same information as the printed passport, this is the case.
The passport holder’s name, date of birth, and other facts would be stored on the microchip. The e-passport would be tremendously beneficial to tourists since it would eliminate the need to line in front of the immigration booth for long periods of time. In comparison to physical verification at the immigration counter, the e-passport might be scanned in minutes. It will also assist to reduce the number of false passports issued because scammers will find it difficult to tamper with the data stored on the microchip.
Over 120 nations have already adopted the e-passport concept, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany, which all have biometric e-passport systems.
Features of an e-passport
The e-passport will have an embedded chip that will save all of the passport holder’s personal information. The chip will have 64 kilobytes of data space and an inbuilt rectangular antenna and will be placed on the back of the passport. The chip will initially save data from up to 30 overseas trips. However, in the future, the chip is expected to contain the passport holder’s picture as well as biometric data such as fingerprints. According to sources, anyone attempting to tamper with the chip will result in the passport authentication failing.