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ICAO – One Passport – One Person Concept

15 April, 2014
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“ONE PASSPORT, ONE PERSON” CONCEPT Background In 1969, ICAO recommended that States not require separate passports for children under 16 years of age entering their territories when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, provided that the children’s’ particulars were recorded in the passport of the accompanying adult. This, and other new provisions, were included in Annex 9 — Facilitation to the Chicago Convention in order to encourage Contracting States...

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Hong Kong Document Of Identity For Visa Purposes

13 April, 2014
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DID YOU NOW? The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Document of Identity for Visa Purposes is a biometric travel document issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department to residents of Hong Kong who are unable to obtain national passports. It is usually valid for seven years. The majority are issued to citizens of the People’s Republic of China who have migrated to Hong Kong on a One-way Permit, have...

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Global e-passport Market 2012-2016

12 April, 2014
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DUBLIN, Apr. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Global e-passport Market Report” report to their offering. The analysts forecast the Global e-passport market to grow at a CAGR of 32.5 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing need to comply with government regulations. The Global e-passport market has also been witnessing the...

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Richard Ellis’s Life In 15 Passports

9 April, 2014
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Text & Pictures by Krissy Ellis, Kuwait I got in touch with Krissy while she was posting a picture of twelve UK passports and this pic made me curious, so I contacted her. Krissy was so kind to write about her father’s life who was working as “Heavy Goods Vehicle Driver” in the Middle East. For sure a challenging job at such places and time. Here is his story...

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Rwandan Woman’s National Identity Card

7 April, 2014
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copyright David Guttenfelder AP’s chief Asia photographer A Rwandan woman’s national identity card, marking her ethnicity as Tutsi lies near the altar of Ntarama Church, where on April 15, 1994 she and some 5,000 other Tutsis came to seek refuge from Hutu militias. Today the church is a genocide memorial containing the bones and belongings of those who were murdered there. Rwandan national identity cards no longer note an...

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Why Paul Robeson Loses Appeal Over His Passport?

6 April, 2014
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Paul Leroy Robeson was exceptional in most things he did. He was a footballer par excellence at Rutgers University and an internationally acclaimed singer, theater personally and a dedicated civil rights activist in the U.S.. The latter day U.S. saw his merit in its true light and issued a postage stamp in his honor in 2004 but in 1955, his application for renewal of his passport was rejected by...

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USN Commander James V. Rowney – Pearl Harbor / Midway

4 April, 2014
USA Special 1955 for a Commander

Not often you find a passport like this! It’s not only a pretty US Special Passport (1955) in almost mint and unused condition but it belonged once to a WWII (Pearl Harbor & Midway) and Korea war experienced US Navy Commander. James Victor Rowney was born (November 11, 1917) in Baltimore, MD. Rowney belonged to the Maryland National Guard (1935-1937) and U.S. Naval Reserve (1937). He received an appointment...

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East German Biometrics & US Passport Playing The National Anthem

1 April, 2014
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East German Biometric Passport New researches revealed that the German Democratic Republic (GDR/East Germany)  had already biometric passports in preparation but due to the fall of the Berlin wall they were not anymore introduced. These biometric passports were highly advanced as they could detect and record the smell of a person once they where taken out of their sterile package by it’s bearer. In fact the high tech chip,...

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Sugihara & Zwartendijk Visas On One Travel Document

29 March, 2014
Silberberg 1940

Sugihara & Zwartendijk – two of eighteen righteous diplomats which took enormous personal risks to rescue Jews and others facing persecution and peril. They were true heroes; indeed, they were among the foremost human rights defenders of their day. Due their actions thousands could escape Nazi Holocaust. Since I am collecting passports I was always interested in protection letters/passports and visas saving Jewish lifes. Thanks to my global network...

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Harbin (China) Passports Before Japanese Occupation

27 March, 2014
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(Text and pictures from our fellow collector Neil K., Israel) One of the most exciting, disturbing and historically important part of the conflict in Asia, during the 20th century, was the invasion of North East China in 1931 by Japan. And, without any consideration of the events before and after, travel was always important, to and from the region.Here we can find two interesting travel documents: A passport issued...

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