Tag Archives: ePassports

Taiwan – MOFA to put stickers on e-passport to cover Dulles Airport image

By | December 31, 2017

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has decided to use stickers to cover the error it made in the newly updated Taiwan e-passport, which bears an image of Washington’s Dulles International Airport instead of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. It will cost around NT$16 million (US$538,600) to make the correction to the 550,000 copies of… Read More »

Taiwan foreign minister apologizes for Dulles passport mishap

By | December 29, 2017

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – For the first time since the controversy broke, Foreign Minister David Lee (李大維) apologized Friday for the issuing of e-passports showing an image of Washington Dulles International Airport instead of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. The mistake had been spotted by netizens and publicized on Tuesday, setting in motion a long chain of embarrassing events.… Read More »

Taiwan – Consular affairs chief resigns over passport fiasco

By | December 27, 2017

Taipei, Dec. 27 (CNA) Head of the Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA) Agnes Chen (陳華玉) stepped down Wednesday amid a furor over an error on the newly updated Taiwan e-passport, which bears an image of Washington’s Dulles International Airport rather than Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. “On behalf of BOCA, I apologize to the public for the major oversight… Read More »

Taiwan – New e-passports to be recalled over print error

By | December 26, 2017

Taipei, Dec. 26 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Tuesday that it will recall several hundred of the next-generation biometric passports already issued because they contain an image of Washington’s Dulles International Airport rather than Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. A total of 200,000 of the new e-passports have already been printed, of which 285 have been… Read More »

Nigeria – Interior Ministry Set To End Foreign Printing of Int’l Passports

By | December 24, 2017

In order to create employment locally, conserve meagre foreign exchange and guard against the leaking of vital information, Nigeria will soon stop the practice of printing her international passports in foreign countries, LEADERSHIP Sunday can reveal authoritatively. The firms handling the production of the essential travel document currently undertake the printing in countries like South Africa, Malaysia and… Read More »

Datasonic launches factory to manufacture new e-passports

By | December 21, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 21): Datasonic Group Bhd has today launched its new factory in Petaling Jaya to manufacture the new generation of the electronic international Malaysian passport (e-passport). “I am excited with the launch of our new factory, equipped with all the necessary machinery and relevant technology capabilities,” said the group’s chairman General Tan Sri Dr Mohamed Hashim… Read More »

Over 600,000 biometric passports in print queue at Ukraina Printing House

By | December 19, 2017

The Document state enterprise has produced over a million biometric passports, and delays with the issuance of such documents depend on the Ukraina Printing House, where more than 600,000 applications for documents are already in the print queue, the enterprise’s spokesman, Volodymyr Polischuk, has said. “The technical production [of biometric passports] depends on the Ukraina Printing House. They… Read More »

Taiwan to upgrade e-passport to improve security

By | December 18, 2017

Taipei, Dec. 18 (CNA) Taiwan will issue a next-generation biometric passport later this month in an effort to tighten security and prevent identity theft, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Monday. Starting Dec. 25, citizens will be able to apply for the upgraded passports at the Bureau of Consular Affairs in Taipei, its branch offices in Taichung,… Read More »

Pakistan to issue e-passports in 2018

By | December 13, 2017

LAHORE: Pakistan will start issuing e-passports from March 2018, said Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday. Earlier, Passports and Immigration Director General Usman Bajwa signed the contract with a representative of private French company Gemalto. Former interior minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan approved e-passports last year. E-passports will first be available for diplomats and the citizens would be issued… Read More »

Coil on Module for contactless ID documents: complete solution with chip and antenna from a single source

By | November 27, 2017

Munich, Germany – 27 November 2017 – The core of electronic ID cards (eID) and passports are powerful and robust security solutions. Security chips in “Coil-on-Module” (CoM) packages offer significant advantages here. Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) is now expanding its internationally proven CoM portfolio with a complete solution for contactless ID documents. The new… Read More »

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 »

Optaglio focus on protecting chips in e-passports and similar documents

By | November 1, 2017

LOCHOVICE (November 1, 2017) – Optaglio, the global leader in high-resolution security holograms, today announced a new solution focused on protecting chips in e-passports against removal and replacement. It is expected that high proportion of counterfeiting attacks will target chips with biometric data in foreseeable future.  Personal and biometric data stored in a chip inside a document is… Read More »

Passports with 10-year validity for Filipinos from January 1, 2018

By | October 28, 2017

Dubai: From January 1, 2018, the period of validity of Philippine passports will double to 10 years, instead of the current five years — as the new passport law kicks in. On August 2, the government of President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law a Repubilc Act (RA10928) providing for a 10-year validity of the Philippine passport. The 10-year… Read More »

Singapore – ICA Introduces New Design For Singapore Biometric Passport With Additional Security Features

By | October 26, 2017

 The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) is introducing a new design for the Singapore biometric passport with additional security features.  New visa page designs and additional security features  2        The new passport design will come with new visa page designs and additional security features that make the passport harder to forge or be tampered with.… Read More »

Digital codes of Emirati passports will be upgraded

By | October 23, 2017

ABU DHABI: Digital codes of Emirati passports will be upgraded to further enhance security features of the document, the Ministry of Interior has said on Monday. More digital codes will be added as per the new rules of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the ministry said.  The new codes contain the highest international security standards. A specialised… Read More »

Bulgaria cuts red tape in process of issuing identity cards and passports

By | October 18, 2017

Bulgaria’s government decided on October 18 to reduce the requirements regarding documents to be submitted when applying for the issuing or replacement of identity cards and passports. The changes to the rules mean that when citizens have a change of national identity number, name, permanent address or gender and these facts are recorded in the national population database,… Read More »

Cost effective strategy for polycarbonate card protection

By | October 18, 2017

LOCHOVICE (October 18, 2017) – „The strongest possible document protection is not the most expensive one“ is the name of Optaglio´s recently published white paper. Focusing on strategies for anti-counterfeit protection of polycarbonate documents, it states that many manufacturers spend enormous resources without actually improving protection. Importance of well-considered strategy is emphasised in the white paper.  The paper… Read More »

Ghana’s Buck Press Hailed In Liberia Over E-Passports

By | October 16, 2017

One of Ghana’s leading security printing companies, Buck Press, has been highly praised in Liberia for successfully producing the country’s e-Passport. Outgoing president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf outdoored the E-passport after becoming the maiden recipient of the product. President Johnson-Sirleaf launched the e-biometric travel document alongside the opening of an Expedited Application Service Centre at the Bureau of Passports and… Read More »

Gambia Adopts Biometric Passport

By | October 13, 2017

JollofNews) – The spokesperson of Gambia presidency has announced that the issuance of biometric passport is now mandatory as the traditional one is no more accepted around the world. “The information we got is that the non-biometric passport is not accepted. That is why a decision has been taken on the issuance of biometric passport,” Amie Bojang Sissoho… Read More »

Venezuelan Regime Forced to Extend Validity of Passports Due to Bureaucratic Chaos

By | October 11, 2017

It’s no secret for Venezuelans that obtaining a passport can be difficult. Dictator Nicolás Maduro and his regime have imposed a seemingly infinite set of bureaucratic hurdles to jump over to get one, or simply just to renew the one you already have. Recently, the government announced that it’s extending the life of passports about to expire for two more years. Maduro’s… Read More »