Thursday, February 18, 2010

Malaysian RM100 two-year passports available now

PETALING JAYA: Applicants for the new Malaysian e-passport can obtain them at the current price from the Immigration Department.

According to a department statement, Malaysians can apply for the 32-page e-passport which is valid for two years and costs RM100.

A 32-page passport valid for three years costs RM300 while the 64-page one, valid for five years, costs RM600.

The e-passport was launched by Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein on Feb 2.

It has upgraded security features in the form of a new microchip and higher resolution photographs, which comply with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards.

The data stored in the new passports can be read in at least 74 countries.

Hishammudin said the enhanced security features of the new e-passport allowed for better monitoring of Malaysians who overstayed in foreign countries and could not be easily forged.

He added that Malaysians need not change their passports as they would be issued with the new ones upon renewal.


*Taken from The Star Online

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