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East African Community launches electronic-Passport for regional and international travel

The East African Community is launching electronic-East African passports for its citizens, a development expected to ease regional and international travel. The e-passport is expected to improve the region’s integration.

The East African passport will be replaced by an electronic document, which will be recognised internationally Photo: New Vision

The East African passport will be replaced by an electronic document, which will be recognised internationally.

The East African Community (EAC) member states are meeting today in Arusha, Tanzania to launch electronic-East African passport for the region’s citizens.

The e-passport will allow citizens of Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi to travel across the regional and the passport will also allow international travel, New Vision reports.

According to reports, the new digitalised passport replaces the old EAC travel document, which was restricted for travel within the five member states.

The development is expected to improve the region’s integration and enhance the free movement of EAC citizens within the region and across the globe. Presidents of the respective EAC member countries are attending the 17th Ordinary EAC Heads of State Summit.

The EAC citizens on social media have welcomed the development.

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