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

NZten.com – Bring Back Ten-Year Passport

30 August, 2014
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NZten.com 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
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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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SCAM ALERT! ATTENTION!

14 August, 2014
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Update 22th Aug : Further Scam emails are: hakeemahmed@live.com naseefapple@gmail.com ahmanfas@gmail.com rizvimdm@gmail.com lalithgunadasa@gmail.com navin41@hotmail.commaxbrown073@gmail.com   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
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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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PayPal quietly charges fees

1 August, 2014
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Paypal has quietly started charging for using the Friends and Family transaction While it still says on the Paypal site, in at least two different places, that “It’s always free to send money to friends and family when you use your PayPal balance or bank account,” as you can clearly see from the screen shot below, that is suddenly not true, at least for certain transactions. “It’s always free...

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ISRAEL Border Control Clearance

21 July, 2014
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As I just learned from my friend Avi, Israel has a new system of Border Control Clearance and is not stamping your passport any more when entering or leaving the country. Instead you will get a so called “Border Control Clearance” – Slip as shown. This procedure is introduced since end of 2013. If you have any evidence in your passport of having visited Israel, you can be denied...

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Identity and Identification

12 July, 2014
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Identity and Identification – another great lecture from Gresham College… Identity and Identification Professor Jane Caplan Overview You may know who you are, but how do I know that you really are who you say you are?  How are you going to prove to me, a skeptical stranger or a suspicious official, that you are telling me the truth? How, in other words, can you be identified as an individual, and how...

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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
...a Austrian passport

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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