Republic of Rwanda

Launched in 2019, the design of the new EAC Republic of Rwanda ePassport was inspired by Rwanda’s rich and unique culture and known national emblems such as the seal of Rwanda and the Rwandan flag.

The upgrade to ePassport technology represents a key next step in Rwanda’s digital roadmap towards delivering eGovernment services to its citizen population, and aligns Rwanda with the common New Generation EAC ePassport initiative.

The new passport includes a sophisticated array of physical security features. Working with partners HID, one such feature is the precisely registered three-dimensional tonal watermark that appears on each of the document’s visa pages, depicting the Sun symbol and national crest. Formed during the cylinder mould paper making process by Portals, this type of watermark is widely acknowledged as being one of the most effective and easily recognisable public authentication features available.

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