Passport & Visas

This section reports on the latest developments - both technical and market-related - in the world of ePassports, visas and related standards and specifications…

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Philadelphia Airport to pilot biometric exit screening 16 January 2020

Beginning January 21, 2020, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) will implement a 45-day pilot of biometric screening technologies at three international gates to help U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) process departing passengers.

Romania to introduce eID cards starting 2021 16 January 2020

Romania is to start issuing electronic ID cards in August 2021 to align with the standards set at the European Union level. Romania’s current ID card was introduced in 1997.

Tanzania sees ePassport rush as deadline nears 09 January 2020

The number of Tanzanians applying for electronic passports has drastically increased to an average of 1,200 applications from between 300 and 400 per day.

Bangladesh to start issuing ePassports in Jan: Report 08 January 2020

Distribution of the Bangladeshi ePassport (electronic passport) is set to start from January 22 as the authorities have completed preparation and formalities in this regard, reports local media.

ArcBlock releases new version of identity wallet 03 January 2020

ArcBlock, a blockchain platform for production-ready decentralized applications and enterprise blockchains, announced today that they are releasing a new version of their decentralized identity wallet. 

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Mobile biometrics visa service for Italians in India 02 January 2020

VFS Global has launched the mobile biometrics (Visa at your doorstep) service for Italian visa customers across India

Uganda launches ePassport portal 20 December 2019

The Uganda Ministry of Internal affairs has officially announced the operation of the new ePassport application portal, reports local media.

Argentina Selects HID goID for mobile ID programme 19 December 2019

HID Global has announced that the government of Argentina has selected its HID goID® citizen identity technology to power the country’s digital version of its mandatory National Identity Document for its Mi Argentina app.

Freja eID+ becomes the ID method for e-services in Sweden 17 December 2019

From December 14, 2019, Freja eID+ will be supported for e-services at Bolagsverket and

Modi government introduces lotus to ePassports 16 December 2019

The national ‘Lotus’ flower has been imprinted on Indian Passports, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has said.

Onfido and Ubisecure announce partnership 16 December 2019

Onfido, the global identity verification provider, today announced a strategic partnership with Ubisecure, a digital identity solutions leader to enable Onfido’s identity verification technology for Ubisecure customers’ digital identity solutions.

secunet expands its network analysis product portfolio 13 December 2019

secunet Security Networks AG is expanding the network analysis segment of its IT security portfolio with a takeover of the Essen-based finally safe GmbH.

CBP and privacy groups discuss Biometric Entry-Exit 12 December 2019

US Customs and Border Protection met yesterday with leading privacy experts to discuss CBP’s implementation of the Congressional biometric entry-exit mandate.

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White paper: Gemalto - The paper elements of a passport

An expert’s guide to using the paper elements of a passport.

White paper: Slovakia prototypes mobile electronic identification (MeID) solution

Empowering e-government by shifting to smart cards is accelerating the arrival of a new era of mobile identity and electronic documents.

HID Global - Mobile ID solutions for government-to-citizen applications

Citizen ID documents such as national IDs and driver licenses will ultimately follow the trend toward mobility.

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