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Non-Machine Readable Passports Phased Out

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

26 November 2015


Member states of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) were required to allow all non-machine-readable passports to expire by November 24, 2015.

The Secretary General of the ICAO, Fang Liu, said: "Implementation of ICAO Standard 3.10.1 represents a win-win milestone in traveler identification management. Machine-readable passports permit a faster and more convenient border control experience for passengers while delivering enhanced and cost-effective security solutions for states, and ICAO is continuing to encourage all states to comply with these new measures as quickly as possible."

In March 2005, the ICAO Council adopted two new Annex 9 Standards concerning the universal issuance of Machine Readable Passports (MRPs). Standard 3.10 obliged all ICAO member states to begin issuing only new MRPs as of April 1, 2010, while Standard 3.10.1 requires that all non-MRPs expire by November 24, 2015.

The November 24, 2015, deadline applied to all types of passports, including Ordinary, Diplomatic, and Service documents. However, it did not apply to temporary travel documents designed for emergency situations, which normally feature a rather brief and temporary validity period, or to travel documents issued to refugees and stateless persons.

Several states have advised ICAO that they will have some non-MRPs in circulation for a period of time after the November 24 deadline.

TAGS: aviation | travel and tourism | Expats | Immigration | Travel | Visas and Passports | Working Abroad | Work | Working Abroad | Immigration | Working Abroad

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