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Migrations calls bidders to create Peruvian biometric passport

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Travel between the Schengen region and Peru will reach a high point starting in December, after the Peruvian biometric passport begins to be issued to citizens.

The National Superintendency of Migration began their race to search for bidders that will design and create the official Peruvian biometric passport. Once that passport is completed, Peruvian tourists will be capable of traveling the Schengen region free of the Schengen visa.

Boris Potozen, the National Superintendent, said the passports will begin being “issued in December”:http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-passports-to-annul-schengen-visa-to-be-issued-in-dec-107275 of this year.

“The previous documents are valid and will be accepted, as long as they have not been renewed. The biometric passport must be requested starting the sixth year,” he told “Andina news agency”:http://www.andina.com.pe/ingles/noticia-peru-international-tender-for-biometric-passports-572987.aspx.

The biometric passport is a high-tech document that contains a chip with digital and facial information to confirm the holder’s identity and ensure security. A security mechanism with UV illumination will be used to verify the passports.

“This level 3 security mechanism will read the different printed images on each page of the passport. We will include images representing our country’s culture.”

“We are the only country that offers the most affordable price. Currently, the Peruvian passport costs S/.40; nearly US$13. We are not going to profit from this, and we will continue with an accessible price,” he said, reports Andina.

The Peruvian Government will be investing about US$42 million to implement the biometric passport program.

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Hillary Ojeda

Hillary moved to Peru in August of 2014 to learn Spanish, live with her family, and pursue writing. Born and raised in Bakersfield, Ca, Hillary earned her B.A. in Anthropology at University of California, Berkeley. Since moving to Peru she drinks fermented potato and coca concoctions daily and is enjoying learning about the abundant and natural andean foods of the country. Hillary hopes one day to become an investigative journalist. You can follow her blog.