A technologically-advanced and highly secure new Maltese passport with additional features to prevent counterfeiting will be issued by the end of 2019.
The data found on the bio-page will be laser engraved on a polycarbonate card which will be incorporated in the new passport, according to the Parliamentary Secretariat For Reforms, Citizenship And Simplification Of Administrative Procedures.
Apart from this, the new travel document will be printed on a highly sensitive, but secure paper, that will include hidden security features and encrypted techniques using UV and visible fibres, high quality cylinder mould watermarks and security thread.
The new passport will still have biometric features and an embedded chip, which are used to verify the person’s identity.
The new travel document will be issued on application for a new passport or upon renewal. Existing passports in circulation will remain valid and fit for travel until their expiry date. Upon renewal, the new passport will be issued for no additional charge.
The inner pages of the new passport will depict imagery of renowned Maltese landmarks as well as elements of Malta’s cultural heritage, printed in secure ink.
Identity Malta, the agency which issues Malta’s passports, also reiterated its commitment towards making its services more accessible. Following a series of meetings with the Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) and the Foundation for ICT Accessibility (FITA), Identity Malta stated that it intended to make it easier for the visually-impaired to use their Maltese passport, which would result in a higher level of independence.