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New biometric passport: Peru taps Imprimerie Nationale-Gemalto consortium

​​​​​​​​New Peruvian electronic passport

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A new Peruvian passport

On February 26, 2016 the first Peruvian biometric passports were delivered in Lima. The new book features well known images from landmarks such as Machu Picchu, voted one of the new 7 won​ders of the world in a worldwide Internet poll.​


The new passport also incorporates new security features that will enhance the security of the document. The new biometric​ passport meets both rigorous international standards and is now one of the most secure passports in the world.​

According to the BBC​ Mundo of 10 July 2017, the Peruvian passport is one of the most powerful in the world accessing 123 countries without the need of a visa.

A successful partnership​

The Imprimerie Nationale Group and Gemalto won the international tender launched by the Ministry of the Interior of Peru in August 2015 to supply a turnkey system with decentralized supply of 1.2 million electronic passports over 3 years.

The international tender was supervised by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). ICAO is a United Nations specialized agency, established by States in 1944 to manage the administration and governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention).

ICAO works with the Convention’s 191 Member States and industry groups to reach consensus on international civil aviation Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and policies in support of a safe, efficient, secure, economically sustainable and environmentally responsible civil aviation sector.

The consortium delivers a complete end-to-end ePassport solution for Peru, with the supply of highly secure electronic passports.

The Imprimerie Nationale leads the consortium and performs the design and manufacturing of the electronic passports.

Gemalto ensures the implementation of the complete credentials system, with the creation of 20 enrollment sites and personalization throughout Peru, based on its eTravel secure embedded software for identity authentication, and its Instant Issuance solution for on the spot document personalization and delivery.

Gemalto secures data enrollment including automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS), public key infrastructure (PKI) services, ePassport personalization, a contingency data center plus quality and access control across the entire biometric passport ecosystem. 


February 26 - The Consortium has been able to deliver a first ePassport in less than three weeks after the signature of the contract. ​​

  • March 10 – datacenter ready
  • March 14 - The Peruvian Program was accepted by the EU and the Schengen Visa Waiver granted 
  • July  8 – go live for first Consulates
  • July 9 - full solution running on all 20 sites in the Country
  • August 2016 – all 111 Consulates up and running
  • 123 visa free countries

 According to El Comercio of 1 October 2017, passport appointment and delivery in the same day can be obtained at the offices of Chimbote, Huancayo, Trujillo, Puerto Maldonado, Piura, Puno, Tacna, Tumbes and Pucallpa. It takes 72 hours in the offices of Lima.

​All the agencies have payment facilities so that citizens can pay right away the 98.5 Peruvian soles (about 30 USD) requested.


More information and the 3 steps to know​​ to obtain the new travel documen​t.