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

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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MH370: Are Biometrics the Answer to False Passports? (Video)

11 March, 2014
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How did at least two passengers board flight MH370 using passports previously reported stolen in neighboring Thailand? Professor Michael Greenberger, director for the Center for Health and Homeland Security at the University of Maryland, discusses on. Are Biometrics the Answer to False Passports? “…passports are not secure at all to identify a person”- Professor Michael Greenberger - Malaysia Airlines Mystery Highlights Passport… by WSJ_Live

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Stolen & Fake Passports And The MH370 Disappearance

10 March, 2014
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Look at the headlines…look at the Tweets >>> Stolen & Fake Passports And The MH370 Disappearance For sure INTERPOL is right to claim the lack of passport checks! Now we all pay big money for our high-tech biometric passports with a validity of 3 to 10 years (depends on the issuing country) and “nobody” checks them sufficient! INTERPOL has a huge database of lost & stolen travel documents but...

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How Your Passport Is Made

7 February, 2014
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How your passport is made – exclusive behind-the-scenes video homeoffice.gov.uk THIS is indeed a exclusive and rare behind-the-scenes video on how a British passport is produced. Usually these facilities are highly secured and only staff and suppliers will get access. More than 5 million passports are printed a year and this is how they are made. The famous red books — which will be 100 years old on 1...

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Marvin Gaye’s Passport Found

4 February, 2014
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Marvin Gaye’s 1964 Passport Found Inside an Album Bought for 50 Cents Monday’s (Feb. 3) episode of PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” finds a man in Detroit who brought in a 1964 passport belonging to Marvin Gaye. “It came to me by pure accident, actually,” says the guest seeking an appraisal for the item. “For years, I worked for the Motown Museum here in Detroit, started when I was 18 years...

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NEW GUIDELINES ONLINE

7 January, 2014
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New guidelines online – now you can find a total of 13 guidelines. Go to Menu then  GUIDELINES or click here These guidelines will help you to understand passport types and passport history! More will come… Enjoy!

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PASSPORT COLORS

6 January, 2014
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Passport colors The Economist – Mar 3rd 2012 | From the print edition THE birth of South Sudan owes a lot to America. Perhaps as a sign of gratitude, its national coat of arms (chosen in a public competition last year) looks rather like the great seal. And its new passports, blue and eagle-crested, closely resemble America’s travel document. Those who decry such imitation should study history. Benjamin Franklin...

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eBay / eGreedy – Global Shipping Program (GSP) – follow up

27 December, 2013
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eBay / eGreedy – Global Shipping Program (GSP) – follow up eBay / eGreedy: Another insane example of overcharging with the Global Shipping Program (GSP). Look at the item no: 181286685162 – a German passport 1939 Shipping costs up to $69 + “Import charges” up to $49 depending on your location. That’s $118 eBay / eGreedy is asking to handle your purchase via their third party service “Pitney Bowes...

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Two New Books On Passport History! A MUST HAVE For Any Serious Collector! Click for details!