KAMPALA – The internal affairs ministry will roll out the new passport application system at Uganda’s foreign missions in November this year.
The ministry will start with seven missions, namely, Abu Dhabi (UAE), Beijing (China), London (UK), New Delhi (India), Paris (France), Pretoria (RSA) and Washington DC (US).
“There has been lack of resources to install the machines at foreign missions and that is why we have centralised the application for e-passports at the headquarters in Kampala.
Africa Tembelea has learnt that the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control will soon roll out the new passport application system to the embassies.
The Directorate has created a special desk in the passport office to fast-track applications from the diaspora.
According to Jacob Siminyu, the spokesperson of the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control, any Ugandan living abroad who wants to have their passport renewed without waiting for the backlog at the embassies, should send their passport through a courier with a letter from the embassy confirming that the applicant is living in that country.
Siminyu said that regarding the new procedure, Ugandans living abroad whose passports have expired are advised to download and fill passport application Form G from the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control website.
They should attach two passport-size photos, a copy of the old passport (biodata page and page 45) and submit their applications through the nearest Ugandan mission abroad.
The Ugandan mission then attaches a letter confirming that the applicant is a Ugandan living in that country.
The embassy will send the application to Kampala for processing of the new e-passport through the foreign affairs ministry and new passport is sent back through the same channel.
The e-passport costs sh250,000 for the ordinary passport, whose processing takes two weeks.
Applicants who do need their passports urgently are required to pay an additional fee of sh150,000 for express processing.