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Regular news from several sources related to passports, passport collecting, visa & passport regulations.

How Powerful is Your Passport?

9 July, 2014
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How Powerful is Your Passport? click the map to see full picture Even in our digital world, a 3X5 inch paper booklet we call the passport dominates our ability to travel between countries. But no two national passports are created equal. As we all know some passports enjoy a lot more privileges than others. Check out this infographic from GOOD Infographics to see how your passport ranks in terms of...

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Infineon beefs up e-passport chips

3 July, 2014
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Infineon beefs up e-passport chips Here some technical information on the chips which are used in recent biometric passports and a outlook what will come… Infineon’s SLE78 security controller is being used to forge high-speed e-passports with high bit rates and CC EAL6+h certified flash. Enabled by the latest Logical Data Structure specification from the International Civil Aviation Organization, e-passports are now capable of storing e-visa, entry/exit stamps and...

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The Invention of a Passport (eBay version)

29 June, 2014
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Recently at eBay… Original German Reich Passport, 1934 issued in Linz Indeed a real camouflage passport, right? It’s actually a Austrian passport where a Nazi Germany cover was “added”. Thank’s to Falk who sent me the link to this “passport invention”!  

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FANTASY AND CAMOUFLAGE PASSPORTS

27 June, 2014
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FANTASY AND CAMOUFLAGE PASSPORTS The following article “Fantasy and Camouflage Passports” was inspired by our fellow collector Theo as we discussed recently these kind of “passports”. Currently there are not less than 125 fantasy passports listed plus another 25 camouflage passports and 2 documents of territories which are not internationally recognized. The United Nation has currently 193 member states. Does it mean there are 193 different passports? No, because...

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Anatomy of Biometric Passports

12 June, 2014
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Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 490362, 8 pages http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/490362 Research Article Anatomy of Biometric Passports Dominik Malčík and Martin Drahanský Faculty of Information Technology, Brno University of Technology, Božetĕchova 2, 61266 Brno, Czech Republic Received 25 May 2012; Accepted 18 July 2012 Academic Editor: Tai Hoon Kim Copyright © 2012 Dominik Malčík and Martin Drahanský. This is an open access article distributed under the...

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Collectors Meeting in Zürich (5)

31 May, 2014
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Knowing Edi more than 2 years we managed to meet up in Zürich and we spend a great time together to discuss our common desire – passport collecting. Edi is collecting since 1985 and has around 1000 travel documents in his collection and he is collecting just what he likes with no specific focus. He showed me some pretty collectibles and we spend 5 hours together including a nice...

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ICAO 24 Nov 2015 Deadline

25 May, 2014
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The 24 November 2015 deadline: what is it all about? The 24 November 2015 deadline comes from from Standard 3.10.1 in Annex 9 — Facilitation. ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) are contained in Annexes to the Chicago Convention, the main international law instrument regulating civil aviation matters globally. Annex 9 — Facilitation contains SARPs related to border controls and inspection formalities, including MRTDs. The deadline refers to non-machine...

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SKORZENY’S PASSPORTS

24 May, 2014
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OTTO AND ILSE SKORZENY’S PASSPORTSOTTO SKORZENY (1908 – 1975) Nazi officer and Hitler’s chief and favorite commando, he made a daring mountain-top rescue of Mussolini, placed english-speaking soldier in American uniforms to mislead American forces in the Bulge, and after the war headed the organization that helped hundreds of ex-SS officers flee Germany. Large important and revealing lot of passports, travel documents, membership cards, etc. owned and and used...

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Collectors Meeting in Zürich (4)

22 May, 2014
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I love to meet up with my fellow collectors, here with Guido & Gerhard. We had once again a great time sharing documents, collectors stories and of course collectibles. Besides that we enjoyed the great service of famous Cafe Sprüngli at Paradeplatz in Zürich. I have seen some very nice documents and was able to swap documents. Another passport collectors meeting will be on next Saturday 24 May with...

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Impressions From The London Ephemera Fair

21 May, 2014
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Twice a year the Ephemera Society UK is organizing a “Old Paper Fair” which is always interesting to visit. It was my second participation as member and it was again great fun, my UK fellow collector and good friend Ed joined me at the fair. Around 70 sellers offered their collectibles. According the society this event had 20% more visitors compared to the previous fair. This time we had...

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Two New Books On Passport History! A MUST HAVE For Any Serious Collector! Click for details!