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

Norway’s New Passport Design

16 November, 2014

Norway’s designer already made headlines after Snøhetta presented the new “Pixel Design” for bank notes but this time neue presents also the new passport design which is minimalistic but crisp & clear. I just can say WOW, cool! I like it. Police Directorate and National Criminal Investigation Service invited to a design competition in February 2014. The purpose of the contest was to find a unique concept of high...

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FRONTEX Document Fraud

6 November, 2014
Fortex Q22014

FRONTEX promotes, coordinates and develops European border management in line with the EU fundamental rights charter applying the concept of Integrated Border Management. Frontex helps border authorities from different EU countries work together. Frontex’s full title is the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union. The agency was set up in 2004 to reinforce and streamline...

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New Refugee Travel Document Uganda

1 November, 2014

Gov’t unveils passports for refugees, Publish Date: Oct 30, 2014   Hassan Warsame, a refugee from Somalia displays his passport. PHOTO/Mary Kansiime By Cecilia Okoth (newvision) KAMPALA – Government has started issuing passports to refugees living in Uganda to ease their movement to other countries. According to Hillary Onek, the Minister of Relief and Disaster Preparedness, the move will enable legal refugees to seek study, business and medical opportunities...

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eBay Customer Service Is Bottom Quality II

22 October, 2014
ebay sucks

ANOTHER BAD EXPERIENCE Since 11 days my eBay account is restricted. I can buy but not sell! By accident I changed my registered address instead of the shipping address and the trouble begun. Instantly I got a notification to CALL eBay CS in Hong Kong for security reasons! I did so instantly and was talking to a HK girl with very poor English skills. However after she asked me...

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New US Passport In 2016

15 October, 2014

A new US Passport is scheduled for 2016 and here are the core facts… The chip, embedded in the information page, will be protected by a polycarbonate coating that helps prevent your book from getting wet or bending when you sit on it, or drop it off the Eiffel Tower The US is going back to its old ways and putting numbers on its passports pages, whether you get the standard 28-page book,...

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Interpol Stolen and Lost Travel Documents Database

8 September, 2014

INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database enables INTERPOL National Central Bureaus and other authorized law enforcement entities (such as immigration and border control officers) to ascertain the validity of a travel document in seconds. The SLTD database was created in 2002, following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in the US, to help member countries secure their borders and protect their citizens from terrorists and other dangerous...

Read more » – Bring Back Ten-Year Passport

30 August, 2014
nztensmall is the website which aims to bring back the 10 Year New Zealand Passport NZ passports were once valid for 10 years. This changed in 2005 when the validity was cut to 5 years but the passport fees were more than doubled to NZ$153 today. I was in contact with Kyle Lockwood, spokesman for New Zealand Ten Year Passports and we discussed about the validity of passports. Visit...

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French Passport on Sheep Skin (!)

16 August, 2014

Well, here just an example of a readers request for support… Subject: 19th Century French PassportThis is a very unusual passport in that it is dated 1801 and printed on sheepskin. The owner contacted me to help him place an insurance value on it because he now lives in Houston, TX, not Paris. Can you help a little bit? Please. The dimensions are 19″ x 21″ for the piece...

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14 August, 2014

Update 22th Aug : Further Scam emails are:   ATTENTION! SCAM ALERT! Currently there are guys offering old British Ceylon passports for insane high prices. I was contacted from 7 different people asking between $18.000 and $30.000 US for such a document in bad quality! This is one of the guys who was contacting me claiming he sold 2 of these passports to...

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eBay US Customer Service Is Bottom Quality!

13 August, 2014
ebay sucks

eBay US Customer Service Is Bottom Quality and unfortunately the get away with it! Just another worse eBay experience! I listed a old obsolete US passport and eBay cancelled my listing within a few hours referring to the “Government & ID policy” and stating that I listed a non-US document. Obviously they are wrong but it doesn’t help as you can’t contact them to fix the issue. With the...

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