Barbados moves towards E-Passports

In the wake of a recommendation by the International Civil Aviation Authority, the Barbados Immigration Department has started phasing out machine-readable passports in favour of an electronic passport (e-passport) according to a GIS Barbados report.

This change will affect anyone applying for a new passport or those seeking to renew their existing passport: they will all receive the new e-passport.

The Chief Immigration Officer Wayne Marshall explained that the new travel document is biometrically enabled with a chip and antenna in the cover that enhances the security features.

Marshall went on to explain that these new passports are more difficult to replicate due to the technology included in the chip in the actual cover of the passport.

Previously Barbados and most developed countries used machine-readable passports that contained scannable data in an optical character recognition format on the identity page. These new e-passports will contain all the bio-data of the individual encoded in the chip. These chips also make the passport more difficult to replace for any reason.

Marshall emphasized the point that the more security features a passport had, the more accepted it was by countries around the world.

“Barbados is moving towards it because of the security features and to maintain the high standard of the Barbados passport,” he stated.

Barbados will continue to accept machine readable passports along with the e-passports until they are phased out gradually.

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9 Comments

  1. Forkit
    September 23, 2018

    Dominicans read between the lines. Barbados don’t have a choice… America need to protect its citizens from terror attack. So Barbados will have put all security measures in place. That is one issue that failed police turn minister will know anything about…. All they can do is abuse the instruments they have to fight crime at the NJIC for their personal use…..

  2. SUGAR COAT
    September 22, 2018

    Look out…..listen to Skerrit and Blackmoore soon on E PASSPORTS…talk then as usual no action

  3. Khauda momin Ali hassan
    September 22, 2018

    I m a British subject & living Makran pincely state I want to be E-passport, how can get passport?

    • Neville
      September 25, 2018

      You are a British subject?? Where did you go to school and who taught you this impeccable english? By the way, where is Makran princely state? A word of advice: E-passport not the right thing for you, pay the PM US$500,000 and he will arrange for a diplomatic passport for you. That is what you really want and need. Isn’t it?

  4. waypapa
    September 21, 2018

    Easier for Trump to track

    • Malatete
      September 21, 2018

      As far as I know the U.S.A. does not have the E-passport issued by all E.U. countries, which does away with the need for individual physical inpection. You place the passport in a special reader and at the same time look at a scanner that reads you face. If both the data embedded in the passport an your facial features match a gate opens automatically letting you into the country without inpection by an immigration officer.

      • Jay from the USA
        September 21, 2018

        The USA does, in fact, have an e-passport issued by the United States State Department. Please check your facts before post false information on the internet.

      • Peeping Tom
        September 23, 2018

        There goes Malatete again with his hobby of speaking out of ignorance and feeling proud to do so!

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