On 5/24/06, Any File <anysomefile(a)gmail.com> wrote:
It may be useful to add, on all revelant page like
travel, visa, etc.
a big notice to remeber to check the validity of the passport and to
advise to request it, if needed, as soon as possible.
On 5/23/06, Florence Devouard <anthere(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
The biometric passport is finally available in
Are you speking of the passport whit the digital photo? (actually the
photo is actually a paper photo that is digitalized and printed as
digital photo, not a photo directly taken in digital).
This is what is required to enter in U.S. (who has a visa can use a
passport without the digital photo. Passport iussed before October 26,
2005 may still have not the digital photo, but if the passpart was
renewed after that date, it can not be used without the digital
Biometric passport is a different thing. A passport with a chip inside
in which many personal informations (not only hight, colour of eyes,
but also a photograph and fingerstamps, etc) will be registered.
I believe that's what Florence is talking about. The French have
finally caught up with the US's conditions.
> /me wondering over US government paranoia
Hey I told...You wanted...Never mind. I could get killed for saying
this. /me winks at Anthere.
over French government absolute disability to handle tough
issues within decent deadlines, whilst all other european countries manage.
Alas, French is not the only country to have such problem. In Italy
the situation is similar or worse. And I belive that in many other
countries the situation is similar, and it is surely going worse and
worse as summer is approaching.
At least you have not to pay a 40.29 eur stamp every year on the
passport (which is lost if you have to change the passoprt because
someoneelse choose that you have to change the type of you passport)
(well, I have never undestood why all the countries should change
their passport because of the willing of just one country. This is the
reason why the other countries are not ready: because they were not
the one who choose to have the passports in this way).
I urge anyone neededing a new passport, to request it as soon as possible.
And yes, it should be big, red and flashy on the Visa information page
that people *need* to call the American Embassy closest to them to
make sure their passport is OK.