Uganda has taken steps to speed up visa issuance and strengthen border security by acquiring advanced systems from digital security firm, Gemalto.
ChimpReports understands the firm is supplying Uganda’s Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control (DCIC) with its CoesysVisa Management system that combines swift issuance of all visas and permits with biometric enrollment upon arrival.
“Gemalto answered our need for a strong, secure solution, based on international standards and in line with Uganda’s objective to facilitate travel,” said Commissioner Anthony Namara, Project Coordinator at The Department of Citizenship and Immigration Control.
He said Gemalto Coesys Visa Management provides a “fast and flexible response to the challenge of large-scale regional migration.”
Ari Bouzbib, Senior Vice President of Government Programs at Gemalto, said the new project puts Uganda at the forefront of enhanced immigration solutions in East Africa.
“The new system also fits with the regional initiative to deploy a single tourist visa program across Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda. This enables Ugandan authorities to readily identify travelers and reinforce national security,” he added.
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 life cycle from application to issuance.
Officials said it would help the country achieve its goals to facilitate travel, enhance national security and protect a traveler’s identity against theft.
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.
Gemalto’s 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 online visa portal is expected to significantly improve the experience of traveling to Uganda and support 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.