East Timor rolls out ePassports


Gemalto has announced that it has partnered with the East Timor government to start issuing ePassports to the nation’s citizens. The complete solution comprises the ICAO-compliant ePassports and a suite of capabilities such as easy enrolment, biometric data capture, de-duplication of redundant biometric information, disaster and data recovery, as well as a full turnkey public key infrastructure and secure issuance of the document.

According to Gemalto, these features work together to ensure increased security and protection of personal data. Gemalto and its local partner, Visi Mitra Unipessoal Lda, are providing support and maintenance services, while KOMSCO has been subcontracted to manufacture the passport booklet. 

East Timor, also known as The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, is a country in Southeast Asia and an independent nation since 2002. Gemalto says the local government is investing in modernisation to enhance services to its citizens. With Gemalto’s solution, authorities can register ePassport applicants, capture their fingerprints at selected offices and embassies, and issue travel documents using the latest digital security technologies. The ePassports are made of polycarbonate datapages that are embedded with a secure contactless microprocessor and eTravel software for high-end security and durability.

“We now have the capability to issue a more secure ICAO-compliant ePassport so that our citizens can avoid any inconvenience at border control,” says Ivo Valente, Minister of Justice of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. “Gemalto's one-stop solution allows us to migrate to the latest electronic travel documents with ease and confidence. It works with all major printers, and for both centralised and decentralised issuance. East Timor citizens can now travel anywhere around the world, with unprecedented levels of security and privacy."

“Gemalto strongly supports the ICAO's Traveler Identification Program (TRIP). Our solution is designed with multiple layers of security, from data collection and booklet production to ePassport issuance and use at the borders,” says Ng Fook-Seng, senior vice president, Government Programs, Asia, Gemalto. “As a leading supplier of more than 30 national ePassport solutions worldwide, and experts of both documents and related solutions, Gemalto is please to support East Timor to jump to the next-generation of ePassports and secure the entire chain of trust for a safer travel experience.”


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