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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Punta Cana Airport using Sita ABCs 15 November 2018

Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ), the busiest airport in the Dominican Republic, is using SITA’s Automated Border Control Gates to automate the border process for passengers from the US and Canada, as well as Spain, UK, and France, as they leave the country.

Industry welcomes UK ePassport plans 06 November 2018

Parts of the security industry have welcomed the British Chancellor's announcement that the ePassport gates at Heathrow will soon be extended to visitors from outside the European Union.

Nepal to launch ePassport tender 06 November 2018

Nepal's Department of Passports (DoP) will call a global tender to print ePassports next year, according to local media.

UK govt planning biometric visa app 01 November 2018

The UK government is developing a post-Brexit visa check app for EU citizens that would use selfies and ePassports, according to media reports.

WTTC to coordinate biometric travel pilots 30 October 2018

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced a series of pilot schemes to test the use of biometric technology throughout the end-to-end passenger journey.

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SPS launches anti-skimming solution 18 October 2018

Smart Packaging Solutions (SPS) has launched S-Lock (a patented solution) for electronic passports. 

Moscow airport adds biometric bag-drop 15 October 2018

Moscow Domodedovo Airport and S7 Airlines have implemented SITA’s Scan&Fly self-bag drop technology.

WorldReach Software chosen by UK Home Office for Digital Enrolment 12 October 2018

WorldReach Software has announced the signing of a multi-year contract with the UK Home Office for the provision of a smartphone based digital enrolment capability.

SITA: Air industry investment soaring in biometrics 27 September 2018

Airlines and airports are investing in biometric technology as a key priority, according to research released today by global IT provider SITA.

Magicard launches retransfer ID card printer 27 September 2018

Magicard has launched Ultima, a retransfer card printer adding to its range of direct to card printers.

Standards group seeks biometric passport comments 21 September 2018

The International Standardisation committee on Biometrics Working Group 3 (ISO/IEC JTC1 SC37 WG3) is seeking comments after taking the decision to promote a new draft standard.

Planet Biometrics joins international ID coalition 13 September 2018

Planet Biometrics, a sister publication of Security Document World, has joined an international coalition calling for the recognition of September 16 as International Identity Day.

India to hold passport issuance tender 03 September 2018

India's Ministry of External Affairs is seeking new bids for its passport issuance programme, according to local media.

New Italian national eID card goes live 31 August 2018

The new Italian national eID card, launched in major cities in 2016, is now being rolled out to the rest of the country.

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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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