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Sri Lanka Enhances Airport Security and Travel Efficiency through Biometric Technology and E-Passports

Sri Lanka is intensifying security measures and streamlining travel processes at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) through the implementation of advanced biometric technology and the upcoming introduction of e-passports for all citizens.

In collaboration with the police, Sri Lanka has integrated facial recognition systems at BIA to bolster security measures.

In the coming weeks, BIA will further enhance its security protocols by instituting mandatory biometric verification for all passengers, both arriving and departing. This will entail fingerprint and photograph scans, ensuring precise identification and reinforcing airport security, as stated by Harsha Ilukpitiya, the Controller General of the Immigration and Emigration Department.

Ilukpitiya mentioned that the department has completed the groundwork for issuing electronic passports (e-passports), and the procurement process is currently underway.

It is anticipated that all Sri Lankan citizens will receive e-passports by the end of this year, marking the transition from traditional paper passports to electronic ones. This strategic move aims to not only modernize travel documentation but also enhance the overall efficiency and security measures at Bandaranaike International Airport.

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