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

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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Herman Göring Passport Pulled From Auction

18 May, 2014
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Several tems owned by Adolf Hitler and Air Force Chief Field Marshal Hermann Göring have been withdrawn from a French auction following objections from two Jewish groups. Forty Nazi items were to have gone under the hammer at the auction auction house in Paris. The items include two Herman Göring passports and other items. According to the auction house, the items were pillaged from Hitler’s mountaintop retreat in the...

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ICAO – Latest Developments On ePassports (eMRTD)

9 May, 2014
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In the last few months I got more interested on the current status of Biometric passports. The official term is eMRTD which means electronic Machine Readable Travel Documents. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which is is a specialized agency of the United Nations, sets the technical standard for passports worldwide and gives recommendations and guidelines on travel documents to its 191 member states.   Some of the most...

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ICAO Meeting upcoming

28 April, 2014
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ICAO Headquarters, Montreal, Canada The Twenty-second Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group on Machine Readable Travel Documents (TAG/MRTD/22) will be held at ICAO Headquarters, Montreal, Canada from 21 to 23 May 2014. Interesting topics will be discussed and presented. For example: Circulating Specimen Signatures in passports New technologies Evidence of identification Deviations in MRTD’s The full agenda can be found at the ICAO website.

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Scotland Might Have Own Passport Soon

22 April, 2014
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A referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country will take place on Thursday 18 September 2014.Following an agreement between the Scottish Government and the United Kingdom Government,the Scottish Independence Referendum Bill, setting out the arrangements for this referendum, was put forward on 21 March 2013,passed by the Scottish Parliament on 14 November 2013 and received Royal Assent on 17 December 2013.The question to be asked in the...

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SINGAPORE Passport Act

19 April, 2014
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SINGAPORE has one of the toughest laws on passports world wide, I would even say THE toughest! Especially part V is dealing with offenses and penalties and these are severe! Look at the following offense. Selling Singapore passport, etc., Division 2 — Offenses, 42. (1)  A person who sells a Singapore passport or a Singapore travel document shall be guilty of an offense and shall be liable on conviction to...

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Swedish Passports Hot Property On Black Market

16 April, 2014
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Swedish passports are changing hands for as much as 80,000 kronor ($12,200) on the black market and being routinely used for human trafficking, prompting the government to launch an investigation into passport abuse according to a new report. The report, which was published in Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, revealed that 177,000 valid Swedish passports have vanished, potentially into criminal hands. It also stated that in the last two years...

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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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