Passports and Travel Documents
PASSPORT means a valid Travel Document that has been issued by the Government to a citizen for the purpose of travel to permitted countries unless special approval is obtained for prohibited countries.
Passports are the property of the Government of Malaysia and can be revoked at any time.
Malaysian Passport ICAO Version
The Malaysian e-Passport International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) version was launched by Home Minister Dato ‘Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein on 2 February 2010.
ICAO is a special agency established in 1947 under the United Nations (UN) based in Montreal, Canada. ICAO is mandated by the UN to establish and set International Passport standards and specifications to be complied with by its member states.
ICAO standards refer to the specifications and standards of Travel Document standards for the purpose of controlling movement in/out at national borders.
ICAO Passport standards are set and must be adhered to
- Data stack structure – increased space for data entry
- Biometric format – change from a private system (propriety) to an open system (open)
- Image – higher resolution enhancement for more accurate face recognition
- Document authentication-Transition from Secured Access Module (SAM) to Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)-data contained in electronic chips can be read by other countries.
New design of the ICAO version of the Malaysian Passport
- Contains 48 pages
- Holder information on page 2.
- Signature space on page 3.
- Notice to holder on page 47
- Each visa page has an image of a Malaysian building/landmark
The implementation of the ICAO version of the e-passport is important to improve the security features, operational efficiency and effectiveness of the e-passport system as a whole.
- Improving the integrity of travel documents;
- Uniformity of travel documents among ICAO member states
- To curb and prevent the symptoms of forgery of Malaysian passports.
- Prevent theft cases and protect the identity of Malaysians (chips cannot be forged);
- Strengthen security control of the country’s entrances where the focus is on screening high-risk travelers;
- Provide facilitation to genuine travelers.
The implementation of the ICAO version of the e-passport allows citizens to enjoy the benefits of a more efficient service delivery system, the convenience of movement of Malaysians at international gates through documents that have the ability of ‘interperobality’/’interoperability’ where the authenticity or authenticity of passport information with travel documents can be verified; and enjoy e-service facilities and autogate doors provided by ICAO member countries around the world in the future (for countries that provide such facilities).