The East African Community (EAC) member states are meeting today in Arusha, Tanzania to launch electronic-East African passport for the region’s citizens.
The e-passport will allow citizens of Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi to travel across the regional and the passport will also allow international travel, New Vision reports.
According to reports, the new digitalised passport replaces the old EAC travel document, which was restricted for travel within the five member states.
This is to inform the General Public that the EAC Heads of States will be launching a regional e-Passport in Arusha Tanzania today.
— Immigration Kenya (@ImmigrationDept) February 29, 2016
#EAC Heads of State expected to launch the new International East African e-passport during their meeting 2nd March, 2016 in Arusha,Tanzania
— MINEACRwanda (@MINEACRwanda) February 25, 2016
— MINEACRwanda (@MINEACRwanda) March 2, 2016
The development is expected to improve the region’s integration and enhance the free movement of EAC citizens within the region and across the globe. Presidents of the respective EAC member countries are attending the 17th Ordinary EAC Heads of State Summit.
@peacemaso Modalities of when and how to apply for EAC e-passport will shall be communicated subsequently
— Rwandaimmigration (@Rwandamigration) March 1, 2016
The EAC citizens on social media have welcomed the development.
Source: New Vision