Gov’t Extends Phase Out Deadline for Old Passports to April 2022

Government, through the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), has announced a deadline extension on the use of the old Machine-Readable Passports citing disruptions brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the statement released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs Permanent Secretary Benon Mutambi on Friday January 8, government had issued a notification of a 2-year transition period to phase out the Machine-Readable Passports by 31st January 2021.

However, he noted, due to the restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 Pandemic, the deadline cannot be achieved as projected without inconveniencing the public.

“We would like to notify the public of the decision to extend the phase out period from 31st January 2021 to 4th April 2022,” Mutambi said.

He revealed that the Machine-Readable Passports will continue to be used as a valid travel documents alongside the new International e-Passport until 4th April 2022.

“The Government of the Republic of Uganda calls upon the public to take note of the new deadline. All citizens who have not yet changed to the new international e-Passport are encouraged to use this window of opportunity to migrate to the new e-Passport to avoid any inconveniences related to the new deadline,” he added.


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