Tag Archives: epassport

SPS offers new active anti-skimming security features for ePassports

By | October 18, 2018

Smart Packaging Solutions (SPS), introduces S-LOCK®, a new and active anti-skimming solution delivering additional security for citizen passport data.   ROUSSET, FRANCE, October 18, 2018 – With the increasing deployment of electronic passports all over the world, governments are under pressure to deliver ID documents that protect their citizens’ biometric data in their day-to-day life. One of the main fears… Read More »

Kenia – E-passport to phaseout chip-less predecessor by August 2019

By | August 31, 2017

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 31 – The government on Thursday began issuing electronic passports from, almost two years after the plan was mooted. Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi presided over the launch of the exercise, which will see those applying for the new documents issued with the new generation e-passports that feature a microchip with the holder’s data.… Read More »

Sri Lanka cabinet approves issuing e-passports under PPP scheme

By | August 2, 2017

Aug 02, 2017 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s cabinet has approved a proposal to introduce a chip enabled e-Passport where personal particulars of passport holders would be digitally signed and stored in a chip. The cabinet approval for the joint proposal made by Digital Infrastructure Minister and Internal Affairs Minister has been granted to implement the project as a… Read More »

Knesset votes to issue immediate passports to new citizens

By | June 26, 2017

The Knesset on Monday voted into law legislation enabling new immigrants to receive a passport as soon as they are granted citizenship. The law, proposed by Yisrael Beytenu MKs Oded Forer and Yulia Malinovsky, does away with the current 12-month waiting period for a passport. Police had previously opposed the bill on the grounds that it could make… Read More »

Ghana – National ID solution to delay in passport acquisition – Bawumia

By | June 24, 2017

The acquisition or renewal of Ghanaian passports, especially for those outside the shores of Ghana, is a major challenge, but the introduction of the new national identification card will soon make such hassle a thing of the past, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has said. Dr Bawumia said this at a meeting with the Ghanaian community in China.… Read More »

National Police Board of Finland and Gemalto win leading industry award for new ePassports and eID cards

By | May 3, 2017

• Sophisticated fraud prevention features combined with striking design concepts • New documents help mark Finland’s centennial celebrations • Best Regional ID Award at the High Security Printing EMEA conference reflects a successful collaboration between National Police Board of Finland and Gemalto ​​Helsinki, 3 May, 2017 – The National Police Board of Finland and Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 – GTO),… Read More »

Philippines – Passport deal being probed, says solon

By | April 28, 2017

An investigation is ongoing in Malacañang into another alleged anomalous deal involving the P8-billion e-passport project after it was found that the contract for the project was subcontracted to another firm, according to a legislator belonging to a party-list group representing Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). In a statement, Rep. Aniceto Bertiz III, of the party-list group ACTS OFWS,… Read More »

Irish Passport Applications Surge Continues

By | April 15, 2017

Applications for Irish passports from Northern Ireland and Britain have risen by 68% in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period last year. Figures from the Republic’s Department of Foreign Affairs showed that applications had risen by 26% overall. The department had received a record number of overall applications in 2016. There has been an… Read More »

Nigeria – Long Wait for e-Passports

By | April 9, 2017

The prolonged scarcity of international passport booklets in the various immigration offices nationwide as well as foreign missions abroad has taken serious toll on Nigerians with huge implications for the economy. In this report, Ibrahim Apekhade Yusuf, Gbenga Omokhunu, Chris Oji, Precious Dikehowa and Ernest Nwokolo capture the agonising experiences of hapless citizens in their tireless wait for… Read More »

East African Community – e-Passport To Be Issued Early Next Year

By | April 8, 2017

The just-concluded 35th East African Community (EAC) Council of Ministers’ meeting at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania has directed Partner States to commence issuance of the new regional e-passport by January 31, 2018. A statement issued after the meeting indicates that this came after the consideration of the different status of preparedness by the Partner States. “The… 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 »

ITW Security Launches ID Document White Papers

By | April 5, 2017

TW Security Division has added its latest White Papers ‘Creating Trust in ID Documents’ and ‘Fraudulently Obtained Genuine (FOG) Documents’ to its website for the personal ID and secure government documents market at www.itwsecuritydivision.com. The new Resources section on the website builds on ITW Security Division’s knowledge base and shares this with customers and visitors alike. ‘Creating Trust… Read More »

Chip-Enabled e-Passports To Be Launched In India This Year

By | April 5, 2017

Passports are considered to be one of most important identity proofs as well as the second travel ticket. Due to the rising technological advancements and innovative ideas, the Indian Government has come up with a new chip-enabled e-passport. This e-passport has a very high-security feature, which is the reason the government plans to introduce it as soon as… Read More »

Philippines – Labor Group Set To Sue APO-PU, Ugec Execs Over Passport Mess

By | April 3, 2017

A FEDERATION of labor unions is poised to file graft charges against ranking officials of a state-owned printing company and its private partner for allegedly entering into a partnership agreement with a private corporation without legal authority and squandering billions of pesos on an outsourcing scheme grossly disadvantageous to the government. The Philippine Association of Free Labor Unions… Read More »

Philippines – APO-PU Erred in e-Passport Subcontract–Palace Official

By | April 2, 2017

MALACAÑANG has strongly hinted that state-run APO-Productivity Unit Inc. (APO-PU) may have committed grave abuse of discretion and could be held criminally and administratively liable for engaging the services of a privately owned printing company for the implementation of the e-passport project of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Short of recommending the immediate repeal of the existing… Read More »

Back to Blue: UK to Scrap Maroon European Passport for Iconic Dark Blue Design

By | April 2, 2017

The maroon passport currently held by British citizens will revert back to its original dark blue colour as Britain prepares to leave the European Union, the Home Office has confirmed. The classic dark blue design, which was replaced by burgundy-coloured passports in 1988 to comply with EU policy of a single European passport, could be re-introduced as soon as 2019,… Read More »

UK Passport Could Turn Dark Blue After Brexit Under £490m Contract

By | April 2, 2017

The UK passport could turn dark blue again after Brexit under a £490m contract to redesign and produce a new version of the document. The passport is routinely redesigned every five years and Eurosceptics view the new contract as a way to ditch the EU burgundy cover in favour of a return to the colour of the past.… Read More »

By | March 31, 2017

31st March 2017 PRESS RELEASE PARTIAL REMOVAL OF BAN ON ISSUANCE OF PASSPORT For Immediate Release The Ministry of the Interior through the Office of the Minister informs the general public it has decided to partially lift the temporarary ban on the issuance of Machine-readable passports with effect from Monday April 3, 2017.  The objective of the partial… Read More »