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High Tech Passports for Indonesians

Bio-metric Passports to Bring Indonesia Travelers Into Line with Best Practice for International Border Security.

(4/2/2005) Effective April 1, 2005, Indonesian traveling abroad will increasingly be carrying new state-of-the-art passports incorporating forgery-resistant printing techniques, fingerprint records, facial and retina prints - all in conformance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAOP) standards,

The ICAO standards, expected to be mandatory on passports for all international travelers by 2009, will be introduced in every new Indonesian passports issued from May 1, 2005. Existing Indonesian passports without the sophisticate new features will continue to be used by Indonesian travellers until their current validity expires.

Imam Santoso, the Director General of Immigration, has promised that the cost of new passports will remain unchanged, costing Rp. 110,000 (approximately US$ 11.70) for a 24-page passport and Rp. 225,000 (approximately US$24.00) for the 48-page version.

The new passport bearing an embossed Indonesian flag on the cover together with the national emblem of a mythical Garuda bird will bear a number of special paper and light-reflective features intended to make forgeries of the document extremely difficult.