Entrust Datacard wins Colombia passport project


Entrust Datacard has signed a contract with Thomas Greg & Sons and 3M Colombia to provide the Datacard PB6500 passport issuance system to the government of Colombia for the issuance of the Colombian passport booklet.

Colombian citizens who carry the new laser engraved passport booklet can now travel to the 22 countries of the European Union, as well as Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein without the need for a travel visa.

“We are pleased to partner with Entrust Datacard to bring this solution to fruition for the government of Colombia,” said Juan Carlos Yañez, managing director at Thomas Greg & Sons Colombia. “Our partnership has allowed us to deliver and implement a passport booklet issuance and authentication solution in a short amount of time. Additionally, the solution makes Colombia one of the first countries in the Americas with an extended access control (EAC) passport.”

On Sept 1, 2015, Colombia began issuing electronic passports that contain a chip with biometric and biographical information, the passport now meets the most advanced physical and electronic security standards. The implementation of this new passport has allowed Colombia to negotiate the revocation of visa requirements for its citizens while traveling to and within the Schengen area in the European Union.

Thomas Greg & Sons and 3M Colombia selected Entrust Datacard, and its local distributor Identificacion Plastica, to provide the software, personalization equipment and consulting services to implement this passport program in record time. Additionally, as part of the implementation process Entrust Datacard provided education sessions on electronic passports and border control automation. Colombia is now part of the growing list of countries capable to provide passports that are not only secure but electronically verifiable.

“Colombia is a pioneer within South America for providing its citizens with an enhanced access control passport booklet, thereby allowing ease of travel to the European Union,” said Michael Berman, vice president of government sales for Entrust Datacard. “The Entrust Datacard passport issuance system, coupled with our high assurance identity solutions have allowed Colombia to quickly and confidently implement this program for its citizens.”

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