In January 2012 St. Kitts and Nevis upgraded the machine-readable CARICOM common passport to new security standards. All nationals of St. Kitts & Nevis will hold biometric passports. St. Kitts-Nevis is the first nation in the Eastern Caribbean and second to the Bahamas in CARICOM to launch new biometric passport and bring the traveling safety to a higher level.
New biometric passport, known as ePassport or e-Passport or digital passport, is in compliance with the standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO):
- It uses contactless smart card technologies – a computer chip with antenna is embedded in the document; the critical passport details printed on the data page are also stored in that chip;
- Electronic chip contains your unique biometric details, such as facial features (distances between your eyes, ears, nose and mouth) taken from your passport photograph, as well as all information from the personal page of your passport;
- Currently the St.Kitts & Nevis biometric passport uses only a digital image, not fingerprinting;
- The new passports do not have place of birth on them but this information is accessible when the passport is scanned;
- A biometric symbol on the front cover distinguishes it from the previous version.
Benefits of Holding a New Biometric Passport of St. Kitts and Nevis
- Electronic information allows you to quickly authenticate your identity at border controls, which is sometimes crucial for a traveler. In particular it is convenient at automated passport control gates (ePassport gates);
- Biometric passport is also a high-security travel passport. Serious security measures are designed to reduce counterfeit, identity theft, and fraud. The technologies used make it really expensive to forge it. The new passport provides for a “digital signature” showing the data is genuine, a “chip protocol” preventing unauthorized reading of the data, without your knowledge or accidentally, and a special digital technique confirming the data has no unauthorized changes.
The improved passports are available to all holders of St. Kitts and Nevis citizenship since the beginning of 2012. Nationals who serve as diplomats to St. Kitts and Nevis were issued biometric travel documents when the project initially began in December of 2010.
While all nationals are free to upgrade their current machine readable passports, it is not an obligation. They can continue using your CARICOM common passport until it runs out.
You can renew and get an improved biometric passport right now, without further delay, or later, upon expiry or having all pages used.
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