What Is A Biometric Passport?

What is a Biometric Passport?


A biometric passport or biometrics passport is a passport that contains an electronic chip. This chip contains the passport holder’s personal information, and also can contain information for facial recognition, fingerprint recognition, and iris recognition. The chip also contains a small antenna for wireless access to the chip’s information and data protection to prevent unauthorized access. The chip is usually embedded in the passport’s front page, back page or middle page.

Do I need a Biometrics Passport?


Most countries around the world have adopted the use of biometrics passports. If you are a citizen of one of these countries, when you apply for a passport you will automatically receive a biometrics passport.

Here is a list of all countries which issue biometrics passports:

Albania, Armenia, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, Croatia, Dominican Republic, European Union, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Somalia, South Korea, Sudan, Switzerland, Republic of China (Taiwan), Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United States, Uzbekistan, Venezuela.

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How do I apply?


To obtain a biometrics passport you need to be a citizen of one of the countries listed above. If you are not a citizen of one of these countries, sadly, you cannot obtain a biometrics passport. However, if you are a citizen of one of these countries, all you need to do is apply for a passport normally and you will receive a biometrics passport. Click here to go to our page on the best tips for applying for a passport.



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