A Fifty Year Old Passport…

17 April, 2014
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from a Philippines author This is my grandfathers passport from the 1950s. With a matte, almost linen-like, khaki-colored cover and numbered by hand as No. 3155. It provides a fascinating glimpse into a bygone era of civilized travel. Forget computerized bar-coding, filament infused security paper, or even electronic chips in the most modern, highly laminated and tamper proof travel documents. This old passport definitely had style, in the same...

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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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ICAO – One Passport – One Person Concept

15 April, 2014
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“ONE PASSPORT, ONE PERSON” CONCEPT Background In 1969, ICAO recommended that States not require separate passports for children under 16 years of age entering their territories when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, provided that the children’s’ particulars were recorded in the passport of the accompanying adult. This, and other new provisions, were included in Annex 9 — Facilitation to the Chicago Convention in order to encourage Contracting States...

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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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Richard Ellis’s Life In 15 Passports

9 April, 2014
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Text & Pictures by Krissy Ellis, Kuwait I got in touch with Krissy while she was posting a picture of twelve UK passports and this pic made me curious, so I contacted her. Krissy was so kind to write about her father’s life who was working as “Heavy Goods Vehicle Driver” in the Middle East. For sure a challenging job at such places and time. Here is his story...

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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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