Fijians living in Europe can now lodge applications for an electronic Fijian passport following the establishment of the electronic passport processing services at the Fijian Embassy in Brussels, Belgium, this week.  

This
latest development follows the introduction of the new electronic passports by
Fiji’s Immigration Department in September 2019. The new electronic passports
or e-passports will consolidate security requirements at Fiji’s borders and
ease travel for Fijian passport holders at ports of entry around the globe. It
contains a new range of security features that will make it much more difficult
for people to enter the country illegally, establishing a more secure Fijian
passport. The new passport is designed to avoid forgery, identity theft,
passport tampering and reproduction. 

Fiji’s
Ambassador to Belgium, Ambassador Deo Saran said that establishing this new
system at the Fiji Embassy will bring relief to those Fijians living in Europe
and allow them to apply for the e-passports directly at the Embassy through
submission of their biometric details. He highlighted that the introduction of
e-passport brings border management system on par with other international
systems. 

“The
Embassy is inviting Fijians living in Europe to take advantage of this new
service and to contact the Embassy for the application guidelines and
processes. We are pleased that the Immigration Department recognises that this
new service will benefit the Fijian diaspora living here in Europe”, said
Ambassador Saran who is accredited to 10 other European countries. 

Former
New Zealand rugby union player and current coaching consultant in Paris, Joe
Rokocoko, was the first Fijian to apply for a replacement e-passport at the
Fiji Embassy and thanked the Government and the Embassy for providing this
service. 

“It’s
perfect especially for Fijian families living in France and near to Belgium.
Fijians living in Europe have been asking for a place to lodge their passport
applications and this is a positive thing for us and positive for the other
families that will be coming soon to lodge their applications”, said Mr
Rokocoko. 

In
encouraging other Fijians to take advantage of the new system at the Embassy,
Mr Rokocoko said that “there’s no excuse of delay for those families that need
to apply for new passports or to renew existing passports. 

Fijians
living in Europe who are interested in learning more about this new service are
encouraged to contact the Embassy on email info@fijiembassy.be to
find more information on the application guidelines.  

With
the rollout of the new passports, Fiji officially joins the ranks of 54 other
countries from around the globe that have already integrated such technology
within their passports. 

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