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

Ready for Inspection: An Interview with Valentin Groebner

21 December, 2013
Ready for Inspection: An Interview with Valentin Groebner

This interview was first published in the Cabinet magazine in 2006. However the interview and topic is still interesting. In spring 2006, National Public Radio reported that over the past few years the agency responsible for issuing passports in Iraq has been flooded by requests from Sunni Muslims who have wanted to change their surnames. The rise in murders and other violent acts committed against Sunnis have apparently encouraged...

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eBay Global Shipping Program – A Closer Look and you won’t like it

12 December, 2013
eBay Global Shipping Program – A Closer Look and you won’t like it

A closer look into eBay’s Global Shipping Program – a clear disadvantage for international buyers!!! Today I experienced the very first time what it means to buy international via Ebay and how international transactions are affected by Ebay’s Global Shipping Program (GSP). Ebay or eGREEDY as I call them is of course stating it’s all for the benefit of their customers. Fact is the GSP is far more complex...

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New Collectibles & Interesting Museums

18 November, 2013
New Collectibles & Interesting Museums

(repost) Dear Fellow Collectors   greetings from Leipzig / Germany. Well, I know currently I do not too much on updates as I’m busy with traveling but now I found time to send you some updates. I visited a few Antique shops in Dresden and Leipzig but didn’t found one passport. Also a visit at a large indoor flea market in Leipzig was without success. But the auction results...

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US President Obama’s Passport (video)

25 October, 2013

A rare footage – US President Obama’s passport. Unfortunately no details but however a interesting insight. His office staff is explaining where his passport is kept and does he get border stamps in his travel document just like you and me. It’s confirmed this is real and not a hoax! By the way the only person on the globe traveling without a passport is the Queen of England! Till...

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DAVID BEN-GURION DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT 1951

17 October, 2013
DAVID BEN-GURION DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT 1951

David Ben-Gurion’s Diplomatic Passport 1951 has been sold on 13. Oct 2013. I spoke to Dov Hazan from Tiroche Auction House  in Israel and he told me that the document was also offered by them back in 1999 and sold for $15.000. Today, 14 years later the very same buyer was offering the exactly same passport which closed for a final of $35.000 including premium. Congratulation to the seller...

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A Collectors Story – Rita Hayworth

30 September, 2013
A Collectors Story – Rita Hayworth

This article was first published at my website in Sep 2011. Now updated and reposted. A Collectors Story – Rita Hayworth A few month ago there was a interesting item at a popular online auction website. The lot contains photographs and letters from Hollywood legend Rita Hayworth including a 1947 issued passport. I was contacting the seller as I wanted to purchase the passport only and made a decent...

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Facts About The North Korean Passport

27 September, 2013

Facts About The North Korean Passport This is one of the most rare modern documents a collector can get – if not the rarest at all. Here are some facts, stories and pictures. The Daily NK obtained a North Korean passport, a new version since 2000, from an informant in China. The informant reported that every North Korean traveling abroad must bring a passport, an international certificate of health...

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Public Register of Travel and Identity Documents Online

21 September, 2013
Public Register of Travel and Identity Documents Online

Public Register of Travel and Identity Documents Online contains technical descriptions, including information on security features, of authentic identity and travel documents. The information is selected and provided by document experts in the Member States of the European Union (EU), Iceland, Norway and Switzerland; part of the information contained in the classified, restricted “Expert FADO” system is made publicly available via the PRADO site. The steering committee in the...

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INTERPOL TRAVEL DOCUMENT

15 September, 2013
INTERPOL TRAVEL DOCUMENT

An Interpol Travel Document is a travel document issued to Interpol officers for travel to Interpol member countries. They are intended to reduce response times for personnel deployed to assist with transnational criminal investigations, major events or emergency situations by waiving normal visa requirements. The travel documents consist of an e-Passport Booklet and an e-Identification Card identifying the holder as an Interpol officer, granting them special immigration status when...

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LUDVIG XVI, King Of France, Passport

12 September, 2013
LUDVIG XVI, King Of France, Passport

LUDVIG XVI,  King of France. Passport, printed and handwritten, signed “Louis”, for m. Felix Soffiet “fabriquant de bas”, for a journey from Paris to Gothenburg. Dated Versailles March 3 1782, 1 page in folio, some tears in the foldings. Countersigned De Vergennes. Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes (20 December 1717 – 13 February 1787) was a French statesman and diplomat, French Foreign Minister at the time of the American...

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