President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has inaugurated the “Passport Card”, with multifunctional features. The launching ceremony was held at the President’s Office Wednesday morning.
This unique polycarbonate passport card is manufactured with cutting-edge technology and with the highest levels of security, by a German company, Dermalog.
The Passport card can be used as an identity travel document for both domestic and international travel. In addition to this, the Passport Card launched today can be linked to the holders’ Bank of Maldives account, and insurance plan at Allied Insurance. The Passport Card also allows other additional e-services like e-transport to be incorporated.
Speaking at the inaugural function, Controller of Immigration, Mohamed Anwar said that the Maldives is the first country to introduce such a multifunctional polycarbonate passport card and that they faced a number of challenges in introducing the Passport Card.
“A card for money transactions using the material used to make passport cards hadn’t been manufactured anywhere in the world. So we found the task very challenging”
At the ceremony, the Controller General of Immigration Mohamed Anwar presented to the President, his Passport Card.