The first award went to Malta’s passport agency Identity Malta for the new Maltese ePassport.

The Maltese government has launched upgraded ePassport incorporating cutting-edge technology in November 2019. Distribution of diplomatic and alien travel documents began first and issuance of ordinary passports followed.

Although the Maltese passport is highly secure and conforms to the highest international standards, the new travel document integrates additional security features which will further prevent the counterfeiting of the document.

Amongst the features, biographic data is now laser engraved on a polycarbonate card incorporated in the new passport. Apart from this, the new travel document is printed on a highly sensitive secure paper, that includes advanced security features and techniques using UV and visible fibres, high quality cylinder mould watermarks and security thread. The passport also boasts biometric features and an embedded chip, which are used to verify the person’s identity.

The inner pages of the new document depict imagery of renowned Maltese landmarks and cultural heritage including those of the Ċittadella in Gozo and the Manoel Theatre. The intricate imagery, combined with a highly sophisticated layer of security features, is printed in secure ink that was primarily designed to secure government-issued documents.

The gradual introduction of the new passport will take place over a number of years. The new travel document will be issued on application for a new passport or upon renewal. Existing passports in circulation will remain valid until their expiry date. Upon renewal, the new passport will be issued for no additional charge.

UK’s De La Rue, which has been contracted to supply the new booklet, will continue to produce Maltese passports at its factory in Malta.

The award was presented to Anton Sevasta, Identity Malta’s CEO.