SUVA, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- Fiji will soon replace all current passports with ePassports according to the Fiji Immigration Department.
Fiji's director of Immigration Nemani Vuniwaqa said on Wednesday that they would be phasing out the current passports to replace with ePassports.
Vuniwaqa said the current passport numbers are depleting, however the department will continue to accept passport applications from Fijians wanting to travel overseas.
He said they have some passport books still available but issuance will be restricted to those seeking urgent medical evacuation abroad and those submitting justifications for urgent travels.
People whose passports are about to expire and still have leaflets are encouraged to apply for renewals.
Vuniwaqa said they expect the ePassports to arrive into the country in the next four to six months.
He said the application fees for Fijian ePassport will change but the department will advise people once they have it in place.
The Immigration Department said the transition to ePassports will strengthen border security and streamline customs and immigration, decrease passenger processing time and create an easier, more efficient travel experience in Fiji.