Immigration department to close passport counters tomorrow


BUTTERWORTH: The Immigration Department will close the passport counters at its office in Seberang Jaya and George Town for two days starting tomorrow.

Penang Immigration Department director Abdul Qadir Siddiq Ahmad said only the passport counters will be closed while other services will go on as usual.

"The immigration office in Seberang Jaya and George Town will be closed to allow the installation, testing and training on the use of machines to produce polycarbonate passports.

"This is because we plan to start issuing polycarbonate passports to replace existing ones from Monday," he told a press conference here today.

Polycarbonate passports made of more resistant materials were launched in April in the Klang Valley before being extended to several states including Penang.

Abdul Qadir said consumers applying for new passports should comply with certain specifications including giving photographs with white background and without shadow.

"Dark-coloured clothing covering the shoulders and chest and three quarters profile are not allowed. The applicants must look directly into the camera," he added.

Notice on the new passport and photograph specifications is put up at Seberang Jaya and George Town immigration office for public information. -- BERNAMA

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