Britain to issue new-look passports with its most famous landmark

Britain’s most famous landmarks are to be featured in Britain’s new-look passports that are to be issued in October next year.

Pages of the passport will contain well-known UK scenes including the White Cliffs of Dover, the Gower Peninsula, Ben Nevis and the Giant’s Causeway.

The new passports will include enhanced security features and replace an e-Passport which was brought in four years ago to comply with the US Visa Waiver Programme.

Britain to issue new-look passports

Britain to issue new-look passports

The new security features, namely moving the chip which stores the holder’s details to the inside of the passport cover where it will no longer be visible (this gives additional physical protection as well as making it much harder to replace the chip without damage to the passport cover being spotted), a secondary image of the holder printed onto the observations page, new designs now stretching across two pages and a new transparent covering which includes several holograms to protect the holder’s personal details.

Personal details will now appear on the second page, bringing UK passports into line with those of many other countries.

“The new design is part of our strategy to stay ahead of criminals who look to fraudulently alter or copy passports,” said Sarah Rapson, Chief Executive of the Identity and Passport Service.

Sharanya Bharathwaj

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