E-passports to be available for Vietnamese by 2020

Vietnamese citizens are set to enjoy faster, more convenient and more secure border crossings with e-passports to be rolled out by 2020.

The new system is detailed in the draft law on the entry and exit of Vietnamese citizens that the public security ministry completed earlier this week. The ministry is seeking public feedback. The draft law says e-passports, including official, diplomatic and ordinary passports, will be embedded with a microchip that stores the holder's personal information, fingerprint scans, ID photo and a digital signature from the issuing agency.

E-passports are supposedly much more secure and harder to forge compared to conventional passports, and the microchip would be compatible with e-passport readers in most countries around the world. More than 15 countries had already migrated to this new type of passport by the middle of this year.

Source: VOV5