Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today announced that e-passports would be rolled out from next year for more convenience to the public.
The e-passports will use embedded chips and futuristic technology, she said.
According to oficials, the e-passports will have more security features and will use Radio-Frequency Identification and biometrics.
The passports will be in line with international rules.
The passport jacket will have an electronic chip with security-related data encoded on it.
Passports are issued in booklets currently.
The e-passport is expected to facilitate smooth passage through immigration posts globally and provide more security as it hinges on biometric data.