Colombian citizens have been getting new
biometric passports since September 2015.
The new electronic passport or
pasaporte electrónico integrates Gemalto secure ePassport technologies. Gemalto is working alongside Thomas Greg and Sons, a specialist in secure printing and delivering its electronic passport inlays to support rapid deployment of the new machine readable passports and enhancing travel for Colombia's 38 million citizens.
As of December 2015, Colombians can visit most of Europe without applying for a visa. The European Council of Ministers signed the agreement in October that is allowing short-stay trips to 26 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.
Colombian visiting the United Kingdom, Ireland or Norway will still need to apply for a tourist visa.
Gemalto also announced it is delivering its
ICAO-compliant software. The embedded software achieves
industry-leading speeds for both personalization and secure data access.
Biometrics is key for secure authentcation and identification. Discover why biometric passports are more secure in our web dossier.
Why speed matters for issuers
Speed is key for issuing authorities as it means increased personalization and quality control throughput. Faster reading of electronic and biometric passports at border control points is also critical consideration for authorities seeking to process millions of passengers as quickly and efficiently as possible, without compromising security.
It also makes biometric-enabled self-service stations a more attractive option for end users in the future, further easing the burden on border control staff.
Durability for reliability
electronic inlays for electronic passports deliver superior flexibility in bookbinding operations, as well as greater durability and better visual impact on booklet closing.
These passport inlays are marrying the durability of a synthetic film to the thinness of paper. Booklets that fold and lie completely flat can therefore be manufactured with the highest possible standards of productivity and durability.
Gemalto ePassport inlays sustain the real-world stress of stringent day-to-day use and thus have a long lifetime up to 10 years in the field. This is ensured by rigorous durability requirements surpassing ICAO standards.
Gemalto tests more cycles and greater strain than specified by ICAO in in house test laboratory as well as performs additional tests not covered by ICAO. Enhanced durability translates into fewer field returns and more satisfied citizens, who can enjoy the swift border crossing enabled by a functional micro-controller.