Riyadh — Minister of Interior Prince Abdulaziz Bin Saud Bin Naif has launched a new electronic passport for Saudi citizens on Thursday. The electronic passport has a new design incorporating the highest current security features.
Maj. Gen.Khaled Al-Sikhan, assistant director-general of the General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) for technical affairs, said that the new electronic passport is a turning point in the transition from the regular passport to the electronic one.
Al-Sikhan confirmed that the newly designed e-passport carries the highest current security specifications, compatible with the International Civil Aviation Organization requirements.
Characterized by changes in its details and content, the new Saudi electronic passport has a unique external color and changes to its security features. Also, it contains an encrypted data chip to protect data security.
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Al-Sikhan added that the e-passport’s data card contains:
- The passport holder’s information.
- Three photos with different technologies.
- The possibility of digitally verifying the passport through digital portals.
The cultural identity of Saudia included in all pages of the e-passport is observed through the drawings of all the important tourist attractions in the Kingdom.
Al-Sikhan also confirmed citizens can now obtain the new passport by the usual process of requesting a passport.