The Saudi Minister of Interior, Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, officially launched the new Saudi electronic passport during a visit to the Directorate General of Passports in Riyadh. Here are the key highlights:
- The new electronic passport signifies a significant step in Saudi Arabia’s digital transformation journey, aligned with the goals of Saudi Vision 2030.
- The Minister met with various personnel, including employees of the command-and-control center, workers at the unified call center 992, and staff members of the beneficiary services center.
- He received a comprehensive overview of the services provided to citizens, residents, and visitors, as well as the advanced technological devices utilized by the General Directorate of Passports.
- Director General of Passports, Lt. Gen. Sulaiman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Yahya, highlighted the significant advancements and achievements of the passport sector, expressing gratitude for the support and guidance from King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Minister of Interior Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud.
- A video presentation showcased the growth, milestones, and accolades of the passport sector.
- The Minister inaugurated the new passport, which boasts cutting-edge technology and modern security features in line with international travel document standards.
- The passport incorporates an electronic chip for safeguarding personal data and photos, along with a verification feature for seamless scanning at smart gates during international border crossings.
- The pages of the passport feature decorative representations of Saudi Arabia’s renowned historical and cultural landmarks, such as the Makkah Clock Tower.
- Each passport includes three images of the passport holder, utilizing different technologies.
The launch of the new Saudi electronic passport demonstrates the commitment of the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Finance, and the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority in enhancing travel document security and providing innovative services for individuals traveling to and from Saudi Arabia.
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