Uganda speeds visa issuance and strengthens border security

Uganda’s Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control (DCIC) is having its Coesys Visa Management supplied by Gemalto and it combines swift issuance of all visas and permits with biometric enrolment upon arrival.

Visa life cycle

Gemalto is supporting the new solution with integration, deployment, maintenance and training for Ugandan immigration officers. The new scheme allows the authorities to manage the entire visa lifecycle from application to issuance. It will help the country achieve its goals to facilitate travel, enhance national security and protect a traveler’s identity against theft.

ETA check, passports and biometric data

This turnkey solution incorporates a convenient online portal to apply for visas and permits at any time prior to travel. Legitimate visitors receive their Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) by email. Upon arrival in Uganda, visitors get their visas after ETA check, verification of passports and the collection of their biometric data (fingerprints) to uniquely match travelers to the documents they are presenting.

The solution includes a link to an integrated control list from local and international sources and alert system to detect and manage undesirable applicants. It also creates a centralized traveler database secured by an Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) to share, search and match electronic fingerprints accessible by authorities all over the country.

The new online visa portal

Launched on July 1st 2016, the new online visa portal significantly improves the experience of traveling to Uganda and supports the country’s growing business and tourism sectors. With increased migration across East Africa, Ugandan authorities can ensure that visas are issued to bona fide applicants.

 

 

Edited from press release by Jordan Platt.

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