Distribution of Machine Readable Passports Ends in December

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Wednesday 22nd May, 2019-The Passport Office of Antigua and Barbuda, acting on a Decision of the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda to discontinue the dual use of machine readable and ePassports, wishes to advise of the commencement of a recall of all Machine Readable Passports of Antigua and Barbuda.

The recall of all Machine Readable passports will facilitate the use of only the new Antigua and Barbuda ePassport introduced in April 2017.

With effect from June 1, 2019 the Passport Office commences the recall of the Antigua and Barbuda Machine Readable Passport.

All citizens of Antigua and Barbuda with a Machine Readable passport are advised that the document becomes invalid on 31st December 2019.

Only ePassports will be valid for travel as of 1st January 2020.

Application forms for the ePassports are available at the Passport Office, Queen Elizabeth Highway, the Antigua and Barbuda Missions in the United States of America, Canada and the United Kingdom or from the government’s website atwww.ab.gov.ag.