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

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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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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