UAE to issue new generation of Emirati passports from September 1
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UAE to issue new generation of Emirati passports from September 1

UAE to issue new generation of Emirati passports from September 1

The passports of the previous generation are considered valid and their holders can use them for travel until the expiry date of the passport approaches

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New generation UAE passport to be issued from Sept 1

The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security (ICP), has announced that a new generation of Emirati passports will be issued from September 1.

According to the state news agency, WAM, these passports are issued as part of the new generation of Emirati passports and the national ID card project which was launched in June 2021.

Ali Muhammad Al Shamsi, chairman of the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security, said that the new generation of the UAE passport is part of achieving the UAE government’s vision to reinforce the UAE identity using the latest technologies, and to provide distinctive services for the identification of personal identity in accordance with the best international standards.

“This project aims to enhance the flexibility of doing business related to individuals in various institutions of the UAE, in order to improve the quality of life and provide a travel experience that strengthens the leading position of the UAE,” he added.

He confirmed that the authority will continue to improve and develop its services in line with the future directions of governments worldwide.

Highlights of the new version
The new version of the Emirati Passport enjoys unprecedented technical characteristics and very complex security specifications to restrict the attempts of forgery or falsification. It is also featured with printing the identification page of its holder using polycarbonate instead of paper, which increases the efficiency of specialised printing supported by photos and security marks characterised by its thickness, to prevent damages.

The passports of the previous generation are considered valid and their holders can use them for travel until the expiry date of the passport approaches. An application for renewal can be submitted to obtain the new generation upon entering within the renewal of crediting period which is designated with six months before the expiry date recorded in the document, demonstrating that the new passport is deemed an extension of the previous one without any change in the prescribed fees or the channels allocated for providing services of issue or renewing the passports through the ICP’s website or the UAEICP smart application.

The holders of passports shall verify the validity of their documents for a period of no less than six months before they travel, with the possibility of issuing passports while being abroad through the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation represented by embassies and consulates of the state.

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