Tag Archives: Central America

Costa Ricans Will Have Electronic Passport by 2020

By | November 12, 2017

The electronic passport for Costa Rican citizens is a country project that will soon be put up for open tender with the expectation of having it ready by 2020. With this technology migratory procedures will be done almost automatically through smart doors that will have systems to run fingerprints and facial recognition and will avoid having to spend… Read More »

Trinidad and Tobago – New call centre to obtain passport

By | October 7, 2017

The Trinidad and Tobago Immigration Division has established a new call centre for booking passport appointments. In a press release, the Ministry of National Security said locals who are seeking appointments for a new machine-readable passport or for renewals are asked to call (868) 225-4664. The ministry said callers will be prompted to select option two when the… Read More »

Bahamas – Slow Passport Collection Upsets Henfield

By | July 21, 2017

Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield is not too pleased with the rate in which Bahamians are collecting their e-passports from the Passport Office, and although he acknowledged that the location may not be as ideal, he encouraged persons to collect their documents. “I am very happy with the progress of my staff with this regard, but I… Read More »

Bulgarian Came To Costa Rica To Clone Debit Cards In ATM Scam

By | July 13, 2017

Using ‘modern devices’ to clone debit cards with which he stole at least ¢34 million colones (US$59,000 dollars), Boyco Kirilov Tsvetanov, 39, a Bulgarian national, was arrested by the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) in an apartment in Trejos Montealegre, Escazu. Karla Chinchilla, head of the Banking Unit of the OIJ Fraud Section, said the Tsvetanov entered Costa… Read More »

Mexico’s Capital Taps Mastercard to Make City More Digital

By | June 1, 2017

As people all over the world are leaving rural areas and moving to cities in search for jobs, education and a better life, city governments are challenged to meet the expectations of a growing urban population. When the UN General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable was identified as… Read More »

Dominica – Cabinet Approves Over $1M For New National ID System

By | April 12, 2017

Cabinet has approved over one point five million dollars for the funding of a new national identification system. According to a press release from the office of the Cabinet Secretary on April 10, the new system would allow all eligible electors to enroll and be issued a national identification card. Cabinet gave its prompt approval in February, after… Read More »

Antigua Abandons Plan To Include Fingerprints on New e-Passport for CIP Applicants

By | April 7, 2017

ANTIGUA OBSERVER – The government has abandoned its plan to add the fingerprints of new applicants to the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) in the e-passports that are about to be introduced. Minister of Information and Telecommunications Melford Nicholas made the announcement during the weekly post-Cabinet briefing yesterday. The minister said that although discussions were being held with… Read More »

Antigua-Barbuda Commences Process of Issuing New ePassports

By | April 6, 2017

ST JOHN’S, Antigua — The government of Antigua and Barbuda has commenced receiving application for a new electronic passport (ePassport) to be officially rolled out later this month. The ePassport, which will facilitate safe and secure travel, is becoming the international norm in travel documents. They allow for technologically advanced features including an embedded electronic chip to prevent… Read More »

‘Contactless’ Payments Appear In Costa Rica

By | March 16, 2017

Q COSTA RICA – Like it or not, ‘contactless’ pay is quickly making its way in Costa Rica, with more than 2 million cards with this technology already circulating in the country. As of last month (February 2017), the Banco Nacional (BN), BAC Credomatic and the Banco de Costa Rica (BCR) report having issued 2,238,169 cards with contactless… Read More »