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

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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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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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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Passport To Crime – Channel News Asia Report

23 March, 2014
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“Passport to crime ” is the title of a TV report by Singapore based news channel  – a brief and very flat report on passport fraud related to missing Malaysian flight MH0370 last week. Thailand and especially the city of Pattaya seems to be a hot spot for passport fraud. Beside the repetition of all the facts which were already in the media for weeks, the report revealed nothing...

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Her Majesty’s Passport Office

22 March, 2014
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Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) seems to be the most transparent passport office around the globe. On their website you find missions & visions, performance indicators, targets, annual reports and even a salary list of their officers. The British office is a role model for public service and other counties should “copy and paste”. The annual report and accounts 2012/2013 reports for example the following… 5.4 Mio UK passports...

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