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User currently offlineIFLYMCO From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 482 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1046 times:

Does anybody know if the U.S. biometric passport is out yet? The State Department website is very vague on the subject... Anybody have one? The new designs for them posted on the State Dept. website are hideous!


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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1041 times:

Have any other countries issued requirements for arriving travellers to hold biometric passports ?

User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1003 times:

I think this will be the reason I finally get a passport... then promptly use it to leave the country  Wink

User currently offlineLooneyToon From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 444 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1003 times:

what is it? I have not heard anything about it.


LooneyToon
User currently offlineDw9115 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 449 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 980 times:

It is out and they are issuing it but I am not sure if it is a trial run or full product though? People that think they are horrible and it is invading their personal space are nuts and need a life that's just my personal opinion.

User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 971 times:

They are being issued to government officials and diplomats right now, but by the end of 2006 should be in full swing...

A Little un-related, but when I re-new my passport, will I get the old one back?


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20394 posts, RR: 62
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 970 times:

Quoting BR715-A1-30 (Reply 5):
A Little un-related, but when I re-new my passport, will I get the old one back?

I have both of my old ones with "expired" or something like that done with a machine that punches the word into it with little holes.



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User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3611 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 968 times:

What are the details of the passport? Anyone know?

User currently offlineMrmeangenes From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 566 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 968 times:

I read somewhere the EU is going with these passports as well.


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User currently offlineIFLYMCO From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 482 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 955 times:

Quoting Mrmeangenes (Reply 8):
I read somewhere the EU is going with these passports as well.

Yes, I know that Germany and Belgium (and I believe in Switzerland) are already issuing them.. perhaps some other countries are as well. To remain a part of the "Visa Waiver" scheme outlined by the US all the 27 countries on the list must have plans to implement biometric technology in their standard issue passports.

Quoting BR715-A1-30 (Reply 5):
A Little un-related, but when I re-new my passport, will I get the old one back?

Yes, as AeroWesty said you fo get it back with holes in it and a huge red CANCELLED (or something like that) stamped on the signature page.


More info can be found here (including the atrocious designs):
http://travel.state.gov/passport/eppt/eppt_2498.html



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User currently offlineIFLYMCO From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 482 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 951 times:

One more note-

There is a little flip-book applet on the following page that shows they have moved the info and signiature page from the back of the front cover to the 3rd and 4th pages much like a lot of EU passports. (What a shame, I thought it was much more logical to have it at the very front).  Sad

http://travel.state.gov/passport/eppt/epptnew_2807.html



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User currently offlineKFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3296 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 938 times:

Quoting IFLYMCO (Thread starter):
Does anybody know if the U.S. biometric passport is out yet? The State Department website is very vague on the subject... Anybody have one?

I just received a passport through the Miami office about two months ago, and no biometric data had been collected during the application process. As to whether or not it contains a chip which includes personal information and a photo, I honestly can't tell.



"About the only way to look at it, just a pity you are not POTUS KFLLCFII, seems as if we would all be better off."
User currently offlineEvomutant From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 478 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 931 times:

Quoting Mrmeangenes (Reply 8):
I read somewhere the EU is going with these passports as well.

The UK is rolling them out with the highly controversial ID card scheme, starting next year i believe (assuming it passes parliament, which it will.)


User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 927 times:

The design of that is HIDEOUS... But fortunately I won't have to deal with it until 2014. Hopefully by then, they would have come out with something more appealing.

User currently offlineMarambio From Argentina, joined Oct 2004, 1160 posts, RR: 26
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 916 times:

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 1):
Have any other countries issued requirements for arriving travellers to hold biometric passports ?

Germany started issuing Biometric Passports last December.

Saludos,
Marambio



Aerolíneas Argentinas - La Argentina que levanta vuelo.
User currently offlineAa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3347 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 907 times:

I don't like the new US passport as much as the old one. At least they didn't change the cover, I love the cover of our passports. I also wish the ID page was on the back of the cover, like it is now. Some of it is overdone, but oh well. I get a new passport in a few days so I'll be good for the next ten years.

AAndrew


User currently offlineWe're Nuts From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 20
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 867 times:

Quoting BR715-A1-30 (Reply 13):
But fortunately I won't have to deal with it until 2014. Hopefully by then, they would have come out with something more appealing.

I wouldn't count on it. How old is the current design, a few decades? We aren't talking about US Airways liveries here.



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User currently offlineWunala From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 950 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 856 times:

I have an Australian one, all passports since Oct 05 are issued as biometric. I am hoping to find out how quick and easy it is when I go to SFO in July.

User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 831 times:

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 2):
I think this will be the reason I finally get a passport... then promptly use it to leave the country

Care to explain that?


User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks ago) and read 812 times:

I currently have a french visa. What happens when my passport expires, as the visa expires in 2016. and the passport in 2014. Do they issue me a new visa, or what?

User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3006 posts, RR: 27
Reply 20, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 797 times:

Quoting BR715-A1-30 (Reply 19):
I currently have a french visa. What happens when my passport expires, as the visa expires in 2016. and the passport in 2014. Do they issue me a new visa, or what?

A French visa until 2016!?! WOW! Why for so long. And also, US Passport holders don't need a visa to enter France, so why do you need one in the first place?

Aeroflot777


User currently offlineAa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3347 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 793 times:

Quoting Aeroflot777 (Reply 20):
And also, US Passport holders don't need a visa to enter France, so why do you need one in the first place?

Most countries require you to get a visa if you are planning on staying in thier country for more than ninety days, reguardless of nationality/citzenship.

AAndrew


User currently offlineMarambio From Argentina, joined Oct 2004, 1160 posts, RR: 26
Reply 22, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 770 times:

Quoting BR715-A1-30 (Reply 19):
I currently have a french visa. What happens when my passport expires, as the visa expires in 2016. and the passport in 2014. Do they issue me a new visa, or what?

I don't know how things work with France, but I have my valid US Visa on an expired passport and I haven't got any problems when entering that country. You just show the immigration officer both passports (the one with the visa on it and the valid one) and it's alright.

Quoting Aeroflot777 (Reply 20):

A French visa until 2016!?! WOW! Why for so long.

Again, not precisely France, but the USA usually issues tourist visas valid for ten years. Mine is valid until 2015.

Saludos,
Marambio



Aerolíneas Argentinas - La Argentina que levanta vuelo.
User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3006 posts, RR: 27
Reply 23, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 764 times:

Quoting Marambio (Reply 22):
Again, not precisely France, but the USA usually issues tourist visas valid for ten years. Mine is valid until 2015.

Wow that's awesome. Ties between Russia and the U.S. are tough, and most Russians are rejected from getting a U.S. visa. If they are VERY lucky they can get one for 1 year. It's really sad.  Sad

Aeroflot777


User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8440 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 742 times:

Quoting Wunala (Reply 17):
I am hoping to find out how quick and easy it is when I go to SFO in July.

I left the country on thursday with mine and It didn't seem to be any different. They still carry out all the usual checks when departing. Not to sure what its like coming back but I shal find out next week when I get back from Thailand.


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