E-Passport Market 2021 Players Targeting Application to Boost Growth by 2027
E-Passport Market 2021 Players Targeting Application to Boost Growth by 2027
The global e-passport market size is expected to grow from USD 20,917 million in 2020 to USD 97,617 million by 2027, at a CAGR of 27.5% from 2021 to 2027.


The global e-passport market size is expected to grow from USD 20,917 million in 2020 to USD 97,617 million by 2027, at a CAGR of 27.5% from 2021 to 2027. An E-passport is an electronic passport containing travelers' identity details such as name, passport number, surname, date of birth, and nationality. In addition, an e-passport is created with an electronic microprocessor chip, which contains several biometric information of an applicant, such as photos, fingerprints, and signatures. E-passport offers numerous benefits to end-users, including preventing misuses of passports, digitally storing personal details of travelers, and improving security. In addition, securing accurate identification of passport holders and protecting against identity theft are essential benefits offered by e-passports.

An increase in the number of people traveling to cross-border destinations propels the growth of the global e-passport market. In addition, the rise in advanced verification technology to detect identity frauds and the presence of advanced airport infrastructure among developing nations also boost the global e-passport market. However, the availability of cost-effective e-passport and high implementation costs restrict the growth of the market. On the contrary, the increase in the adoption of wireless communication technology among the travel industry is expected to offer remunerative opportunities to expand the global market during the forecast period.

An increase in investments by governments and private organizations to develop advanced airport infrastructure across developing nations of Asia-Pacific and Middle East & Africa countries drives the market's growth. In addition, various countries across the globe are deploying advanced technologies such as biometric passport technology, geographic information system, and facial recognition technology to identify frauds and threats at airports. Furthermore, several airport development companies have been using digital technologies to improve operational performance and efficiency at airports. For instance, TAV Technologies, one of the leading management technology providers to airline industries, have been using IoT technology to collect biometric data of all passengers from simple sensor devices, smartphones, and wearable connected devices. Thus, such developments across developing as well as developed nations drive the growth of the market.

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COVID-19 Impact on the Global E-Passport

The e-passport market has witnessed significant growth in the past few years; however, owing to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the market witnessed a sudden decrease in 2020. This is attributed to the implementation of lockdowns by governments in most countries and the rise in restrictions on international traveling. Moreover, the increase in need among traveling industries to detect traveler information immediately, increase in awareness among people to securely store personal information, and rise in use of smartphones among people are some of the essential factors that boost adoption of the e-passport market during the COVID-19 outbreak. As per the AMR analysis, the e-passport market is anticipated to profit by the third quarter of 2022.

In addition, while estimating the market size, AMR has considered the impact of COVID-19 across the globe, and the estimated numbers are entirely dependent on the current ongoing situation of COVID-19 in each country. However, there is still no clarity on the deeper impact that it is having across various businesses, industrial sectors, and organizations, owing to factors such as the continuous increase in the number of COVID-19 cases with different rates and changes in the lockdown period.

Global E-Passport Market Dynamics

Drivers: Rise in advanced verification means to detect identity frauds

Companies manufacturing e-passport have added a range of additional electronic and visual security features to fight identity fraud and increase the security of travelers' personal information, which enhances the market's growth. In addition, the increase in the introduction of microprocessor-based passports and rapid adoption of advanced microprocessor-based passport services across developed nations to increase travelers' convenience drives the market's growth. Furthermore, the integration of advanced technology such as machine learning and artificial intelligence in e-passport has improved the speed of detecting fraudulent cases in travelers' documents, which drives the global e-passport market.

Restraints: High implementation cost

Innovative e-passport technology is manufactured with highly configurable data management tools, facilitating validation, recording, updating, retrieval, certifying, and issuing documents to citizens. This is attributed to an increase in the implementation cost of e-passport technology. In addition, the limited number of e-passport provider companies across Asia-Pacific and the high price of electronic chips and biometric sensors across the region hamper the growth of the market in this region. Furthermore, several e-passport providers have been manufacturing e-passport technology with advanced magnetic tape cards, which increases the overall cost of e-passports, which, in turn, hampers the market's growth.

Opportunities: Increase in development of wireless communication technology

An increase in the integration of wireless technologies such as smart cards in e-passport, which offers airline industries numerous benefits such as improved security of biometric information such as palm scan, iris scan, fingerprints, and digital signature, is expected to enhance the growth of the market in the future. In addition, radio-frequency identification (RFID) reader and radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag use in e-passport technology to automatically track and identify traveler information such as name, date of birth, age, and address provides lucrative opportunities for the market growth. Furthermore, the radio frequency signal is integrated into e-passport technology to securely transfer travel information to airline companies, which propels the development of the e-passport market.

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Scope of the Report

The study categorizes the e-passport market based on technology, application, and regions.

By Technology Outlook (Sales/Revenue, USD Million, 2017-2027)

  • RFID
  • Biometric

By Application Outlook (Sales/Revenue, USD Million, 2017-2027)

  • Leisure Travel
  • Business Travel

By Region Outlook (Sales/Revenue, USD Million, 2017-2027)

  • North America (US, Canada, Mexico)
  • South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Rest of Latin America)
  • Europe (Germany, Italy, France, UK, Spain, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, the Philippines, Singapore, Australia & New Zealand, Rest of Asia Pacific)
  • The Middle East & Africa (Saudi Arabia, UAE, South Africa, Northern Africa, Rest of MEA)

By technology, the RFID segment is projected to account for the largest market share

On the basis of technology, the E-passport market is divided into RFID and biometric. The RFID segment was accounted for the highest contributor to the market, with a market share of 75.9% in 2020. Radiofrequency identification is electromagnetic equipment that automatically identifies entities, collects information, and enters it directly into computer systems without human involvement. E-passport integrates electronic RFID chips into paper documents, which contain information that can be used to verify passenger identities. An increase in the integration of RFID technology in e-passport to strengthen border security by decreasing the possibility of fake passports and creating new passports without losing travelers' personal information is considered an essential factor in boosting the e-passport market segment.

Asia Pacific accounts for the highest CAGR during the forecast period

On the basis of region, the market is analyzed across North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, South America, and the Middle East & Africa. Asia Pacific is estimated to hold the highest CAGR of 29.5% in the global e-passport market during the forecast period. Countries considered under the scope of this region include China, Japan, Australia, South Korea, India, and the Rest of Asia-Pacific. An increase in the number of international travelers, a rise in the use of digital technology during traveling, and an increase in support to use biometric passports by governments across China, Japan, and India are major factors that boost the growth of the e-passport market in this region.

Governments across China, Japan, and India have introduced innovative e-passports with the integration of advanced technology to boost the security of travelers' personal information, which enhances the growth of the market. For instance, in June 2020, the Government of India launched chip-enabled biometric passports, which offer greater security to traveler documents. More such product launches are expected to occur during the upcoming years, which provides lucrative opportunities for the market in this region. In addition, most airports in Japan have started to use facial recognition scanners and e-passports to streamline the identification process of travelers, which boosts the growth of the market in this region.

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Key Market Players

Major players in the global market of e-passport are 3M, 4G Identity Solutions, LLC, Eastcompeace Technology Co., Ltd., Entrust Corporation, CardLogix Corporation, HID Global Corporation, Muhlbauer Group, Safran, Thales Group, and Infineon Technologies AG. These players have adopted several strategies to increase their market strength and penetrate their foothold in the e-passport market.

Recent Developments

  • In July 2019, Haneda, one of Japan's leading international airports, started to use facial recognition technology and e-passports to reduce identification checking time.
  • In June 2019, the Government of Kenya opened ten new passport centers to offer innovative and advanced e-passports to people.
  • In May 2019, Governments of the U.S. and the Netherlands signed an agreement, which allows people living in this nation to travel without documents between the two counties and use smartphones during traveling.
  • In October 2020, Thales Group, one of the leading e-passport technology provider companies across the globe had established a partnership with the government of Belgium to deliver low-cost e-passport cards to travelers.

Key Issues Addressed

  • What is the market size by various segmentation of the e-passport by region and its respective countries?
  • What are the customer buying behavior, key takeaways, and Porter's 5 forces of the e-passport market?
  • What are the key opportunities and trends for manufacturers involved in the e-passport supply chain?
  • What are the fundamental dynamics (drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges) of the market?
  • What and how regulations, schemes, patents, and policies are impacting the growth of the market?
  • What are the upcoming technological solutions influencing market trends? How will existing companies adapt to the new change in technology?
  • The market player positioning, top winning strategies by years, company product developments, and launches will be?
  • How has COVID-19 impacted the demand and sales of e-passport in the global market? Also, the expected BPS drop or rise count of the market and market predicted recovery period.
  • Detailed analysis of the competitors and their latest launch, and what are the prominent startups introduced in the target market? Also, detailed company profiling of 25+ leading and prominent companies in the market.

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