Tag Archives: ePassports

Turkmenistan joins ICAO Public Key Directory

By | June 10, 2017

Representatives of Turkmenistan’s State Migration Service took part in a meeting on presenting electronic certificates of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Public Key Directory (ICAO PKD). The event took place in the city of Montreal, Canada. This event was held under the presidential decree, dated December 26, 2016, “On Accession of Turkmenistan to the Public Key Directory of… Read More »

East Timor government goes live with Gemalto’s electronic passport solution

By | June 6, 2017

​Singapore, June 6, 2017 – Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, partners with the East Timor government to start issuing state-of-the-art electronic passports (ePassports) to its citizens. The complete solution comprises the ICAO-compliant ePassports and a suite of capabilities such as easy enrollment, biometric data capture, de-duplication of redundant biometric information, disaster and data… Read More »

Israel Transitions To Biometric Passports And IDS

By | June 1, 2017

Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority (PIA) began issuing only biometric passports and identity cards on Thursday after a years-long tug-ofwar between biometric proponents and privacy advocates. Non-biometric passports and IDs will remain valid until their expiration date. Any Israeli renewing or applying for a passport or ID card will now need to be photographed for a database, although… Read More »

Starting Thursday, Israel to Issue Only Biometric Passports and IDs

By | May 29, 2017

Monday is the last day that the Interior Ministry will issue non-biometric passports and identity cards. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the offices are closed for the Shavuot holiday and as of Thursday, June 1 only biometric documents will be issued. Anyone applying to receive, renew or replace a passport or identity card will be required to be photographed… Read More »

African Spy Chiefs Set Deadline for Continental Passport

By | May 27, 2017

The Pan-African passport will come in three types of colors- the Red (diplomats) blue (civil servants) and green (ordinary) and each African country is expected to adopt the process of availing this travel document according to the new draft treaty which was endorsed in Kigali, this weekend. The CISSA Executive Secretary, Shimelis W. Semayat said that it is… Read More »

Over 3.5 mln Ukrainians with e-passports – Poroshenko

By | May 25, 2017

Over 3.5 million biometric passports, also known as e-passports, had been issued as of May 24, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said. “As of today, as the State Migration Service can confirm, over 3.5 million biometric passports had been issued,” he said at a meeting in Volyn regional administration on preparations for the day when visa-free travel rules… Read More »

NXP Secures Electronic ID Cards and Passports in Ecuador

By | May 25, 2017

Secure, reliable and market-leading electronic identification technology makes NXP a trusted partner for governments around the world; renewed deal includes next-generation ePassports and new advanced multi-purpose eID cards EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands, May 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) today announced that the Ecuadorian Government has again chosen NXP’s SmartMX2 secure microcontroller for the country’s new… Read More »

Philippines – Cayetano vows to review DFA deal for passports

By | May 23, 2017

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano vowed to order a review of the contract entered into by the Department of Foreign Affairs and APO Production, Inc. over the manufacture of Philippine electronic-passports to determine its legality. “One of my concerns will be if the contract is found to be invalid,” said Secretary Cayetano in a press briefing Monday.… Read More »

Uganda – MPs Demand UGX 28Bn for E-Passports

By | May 22, 2017

The Defense and Internal Affairs Committee want government to provide Shillings 28billion to kick-start activities leading to the issuance of E-Passports. According to the committee report, at least Shillings 28 billion is needed for setting up the initial infrastructure for the production of E-Passports.   The full implementation of the project requires US$ 100 million, which is unfunded… Read More »

India – Passport forgers face invisible foes

By | May 7, 2017

New Delhi, May 7: New Indian passports will from June bear three fresh layers of embedded security features that will aim to lower the risk of forgery that has rattled the country’s strategic establishment for years. The introduction of the new features in all new passports will be part of a long overdue technology makeover that the US… Read More »

Nigeria – E-Passport Booklets: Scarcity to Persist as FG, Vendor Disagree on Pricing

By | May 6, 2017

The scarcity of the e-passport booklets may not abate soon as the Federal Government has yet to reach an agreement on the new pricing of the travel document with the vendor, Iris Smart Technology Ltd. ISTL had reduced the production and supply of the 32-page passports since last year following the foreign exchange crisis in the country which… Read More »

Philippines – Lawmaker: e-passport project illegally subcontracted

By | April 25, 2017

Rep. Aniceto “John” Bertiz 3rd of ACTS OFW Party List described as “dubious” a firm to which the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) P8 billion e-passport project was sub-contracted. According to the lawmaker, Malacañang investigated the contract after it was found that the project was illegally sub-contracted to a questionable private entity. The DFA had awarded the 10-year… Read More »

Philippines – Solon welcomes Palace decision to conduct probe into P8B E-Passport project

By | April 24, 2017

An opposition lawmaker representing overseas Filipino workers in the House of Representatives welcomed the decision of Malacañang to conduct its own probe into the controversial P8-billion E-Passport project of the Department of Foreign Affairs. ACTS-OFW Partylist Rep. Aniceto “John” Bertiz III noted that investigation on the issue will now center on the alleged anomalous subcontracting of the project… Read More »

Security Features Of Nigerian e-Passport World-class – IRIS

By | April 24, 2017

Managing Director of IRIS Smart Technologies Limited (ISTL), Olayinka Fisher, has said the Nigerian e-Passport is world-class insisting that 95 per cent of components that constitute its security features is not made in the country. He, however, pointed out that Nigeria was not the only country depending on foreign components for its e-Passport, just as he disclosed that… Read More »

USA – More people applying for passports

By | April 24, 2017

The number of people applying for and renewing passports is up this year across the nation and in the region. Reasons for the increase vary from immigration concerns, to the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, to the federal Real ID law. Driving the growth for some in Pennsylvania is the 2005 Department of Homeland Security Real ID law, which… Read More »

Congo Rights Group Urges Attorney General to Investigate Costly Passports

By | April 23, 2017

By Tim Cocks DAKAR (Reuters) – A Congolese rights group has written to the attorney general to demand a criminal investigation into a Reuters report that most of the money from fees for printing new passports goes overseas. Documents reviewed by Reuters of a 2015 deal between Congo’s government and a Belgian company called Semlex to produce biometric… Read More »

EAC States Told to Issue e-Passports by January

By | April 18, 2017

The East African Community member States have been instructed to begin issuing new e-Passports by January 31, 2018. This is after the 35th EAC Council of Minister’s meeting was made aware that the EAC partner States are in different stages of achieving the EA e-passport. The Council directives came on the backdrop of the 17th Ordinary Summit of… Read More »

Philippines – Partnered in Crime

By | April 18, 2017

Just one Malacañang official broke the odd silence of the motor-biking Duterte Harley administration on the deal for tens of millions of e-passports issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs. An umbrella organization of labor unions, on the other hand, asked Congress to investigate the deal, wanting to cut down the high price of the passport that millions… Read More »