Tanzania’s government plans to expand a recently-implemented e-Immigration program to the country’s border crossings following its partnership with US-Based HID Global, an American manufacturer of secure identity products.
The move follows HID Global’s partnership with the government of Tanzania that was announced in late March 2019. At the time, HID confirmed that Tanzania had selected HID’s citizen ID solutions to add e-Visa and e-Permit capabilities to its e-Passport, which HID helped deploy last year as part of the Tanzania e-Immigration program.
The new web-based visa and residence permit services allow visitors and residents to apply for and receive validated credentials for traveling or living in the country.
“This is an important milestone as we continue to work with HID Global to enhance and broaden the capabilities of our e-Immigration ecosystem,” said Dr. Anna Peter Makakala, Tanzania’s Commissioner General of Immigration.
“We plan to continue expanding this solution to our country’s border crossings and across the broader global community as we become a showcase for efficient, comprehensive and integrated e-Immigration solutions,” she added.
“We are pleased to be entering this second deployment phase with the government of Tanzania, building on the success of the country’s e-Passport roll-out last year,” said Rob Haslam, Vice President of Sales, Citizen ID business with HID Global.
“Immigration officers in Tanzania now have a convenient and efficient toolset for completing their vital mission of vetting and granting electronic visa and residence permit credentials to applicants,” he said following the March 25th announcement.
Since early 2018, HID Global has been Tanzania’s primary supplier of an end-to-end solution for issuing e-Passports with advanced physical and electronic security features, automated verification capabilities and a tamper-proof contactless chip embedded in a polycarbonate data page.
The country now has a single citizen identification system that spans the entire identity journey from data capture to issuance and can be used to support e-Passports, e-Visas, e-Permits, and other physical electronic documents.