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Nearly 1 million Irish passports issued in 2019

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Almost 1 million Irish passports were issued in 2019. The Guardian reports that the figure is a new record and represents a 7% increase on...
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France to drop CFA franc in West Africa

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A new common currency in West Africa – known as the ECO – will be launched in 2020. CNN reports that the ECO will replace...
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Brexit: record-breaking surge of Brits seeking EU passports

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After Boris Johnson’s recent election, the UK is most definitely leaving the EU at the end of January 2020. Quartz reports that the latest data...
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Greatest passports of the decade

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This past decade, we have witnessed the rise of many new trends and the unfortunate fall of past triumphs. But when it comes to...
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Turkey partially lifts visa requirements for Algerians

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Turkey issued a presidential decree exempting certain Algerian citizens from having to obtain travel visas when visiting the country. The decision, published in Turkey's Official...

Current and valid passports on eBay

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As a historian and collector of old passports, eBay is, of course, one of the sources where I find my collectibles, but also relevant...
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Hand geometry recognition: pros and cons

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Ravi Das The biometric template creation process of hand geometry recognition To start the enrolment process with a hand geometry recognition system, a combination of both...

India eases regulations for reissue of OCI cards

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Last Wednesday the Indian government relaxed certain Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) regulations for the reissue of a passport for those below 20 years...

Myanmar relaxes visa regulations

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Tourists from the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Hungary and Austria will be able to receive a visa on arrival upon entering the country...

Vietnam extends visa-free stays

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The government of Vietnam decided to extend the visa-free stays for citizens from Russia, Japan, South Korea, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Belarus until...

Pre-2021 Liberian Banknotes No Longer Legal Tender by 3/31/24

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All Liberian banknotes dated before 2021 will cease to be legal tender on March 31, 2021, according to the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL). The...

Coming Soon: 100 and 200-Krone Updated Danish Banknotes

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The Danmarks Nationalbank continues to update its 2009 Series of banknotes. The first of the upgraded banknotes, called the 2009A Series, was the new...

LIVE BLOG: Oklahoma Mobile ID App Decommissioned and more news…

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To find news about a specific state, click on the state abbreviation here: For news about a specific US Territory, click on the US...

Greece Has Begun Issuing a New Generation Passport

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Greece has launched a New Generation Passport, with a new design and advanced security features. The Hellenic Police Headquarters, National Passport and Secure Document...

Solomon Islands’ Sophisticated New 50 & 100 Dollar Banknotes

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The Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) has issued new, upgraded $50 and $100 banknotes. The new notes have been in circulation since December 28, 2023. The traditions...