Articles tagged “passports”

U.S. Passport Offices Face Record Demand for Applications

U.S. Passport Offices Face Record Demand for Applications

Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press

No, it's not because citizens are fleeing the country due to an onslaught of political news. Adult U.S. passports must be renewed every 10 years, and the 2017 surge comes a decade after a law went into effect requiring passports for U.S. citizens traveling to Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean.

7 months ago

Sweden Ranked as Having Best Passport in the World

Sweden Ranked as Having Best Passport in the World

Justin Bachmann, Bloomberg

Soon after this story was written, Sweden reintroduced compulsory military service so its passport comes with new responsibilities but the overall point about the desirability of its passport remains.

10 months ago

Travelers Can No Longer Wear Glasses in U.S. Passport and Visa Photos

Travelers Can No Longer Wear Glasses in U.S. Passport and Visa Photos

Associated Press

In banning eyeglasses in passport and visa photos, the U.S. State Department states that resultant shadows and poor-quality images can lead to processing delays. If this gets everyone through Miami International Airport faster ...

1 year ago

British Rush Post-Brexit to Get Freedom-of-Movement Passports Before it Is Too Late

British Rush Post-Brexit to Get Freedom-of-Movement Passports Before it Is Too Late

Thomas Seal , Bloomberg

Even Brits who don't normally travel to the Continent for work and play are applying for freedom-of-movement passports so they don't get left out if the EU doors eventually close. Voters remorse?

1 year ago

The Passport Is the Last Great Analog Travel Experience

The Passport Is the Last Great Analog Travel Experience

Colin Nagy, Skift

The paper and ink we carry with us across borders also holds a lot of other curiosities.

1 year ago

The Austrian Company Ready to Replace the Passport With a Smartphone

The Austrian Company Ready to Replace the Passport With a Smartphone

Alexander Weber, Bloomberg

We need a new generation of passports, but privacy concerns with the existing e-Passports will only increase if you add in everything that our smartphones already know about us.

2 years ago

Germany Says Europe’s Passport-Free Travel is in Jeopardy

Germany Says Europe’s Passport-Free Travel is in Jeopardy

Associated Press

The migrant crisis or, more specifically, the terrorism threat is putting in extreme pressure on the European Community's system of passport-free travel.

2 years ago

Automated Kiosks May Solve Miami Airport’s Passport Control Problems

Automated Kiosks May Solve Miami Airport’s Passport Control Problems

Associated Press

International arrivals is where the U.S. makes its first impression on visitors and it's time to stop doing such a terrible job of this.

3 years ago

Automated Passport Kiosks Haven’t Solved All the U.S.’s Arrivals Delays

Automated Passport Kiosks Haven’t Solved All the U.S.’s Arrivals Delays

Dan Peltier, Skift

Sure, cutting the average monthly wait time by more than 40% is a significant improvement. But you can bet the international travelers still waiting in those one hour or two hour-plus lines will make it their mission to bad mouth their experience to anyone who will listen.

3 years ago

The Man Who Helps Countries Turn Investments Into Passports for the Rich

The Man Who Helps Countries Turn Investments Into Passports for the Rich

Jason Clenfield, Bloomberg

The margin for abuse here is at least as big as a Caribbean island group.

3 years ago

The Design Firm That Created the World’s Best Looking Passport

The Design Firm That Created the World’s Best Looking Passport

Jason Clampet, Skift

Yet another reason to envy the Norwegians.

3 years ago

Training Can’t Help Passport Officers Better Check Photo IDs

Training Can’t Help Passport Officers Better Check Photo IDs

Adam Epstein, Quartz

Accurately matching photos and actual faces appears to be a skill that's more innate than earned suggesting that passport officers should be thoroughly for it before hiring.

3 years ago