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Published on Monday, September 6, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Beginning next year, the General Director of Migration, the public organization in charge of the authorization and issuance of passports in Costa Rica, will begin with the implementation of E-passports.

The E-passport, also known as biometric or a digital passport, is a traditional passport that has an embedded electronic microprocessor chip which contains biometric information that can be used to authenticate the identity of the passport holder.

The passport uses contactless smart card technology, including a microprocessor chip in the front or back cover, or center page, of the passport. The passport's critical information is printed on the data page of the passport, repeated on the machine readable lines and stored in the chip. Public key infrastructure (PKI) is used to authenticate the data stored electronically in the passport chip, making it expensive and difficult to forge when all security mechanisms are fully and correctly implemented.

The implementation of E-passport will improve Costa Rica travel documents. "This passport puts us up to the latest trends in mobility globally," Raquel Vargas, Director of Migration said. "It prevents fraud and alteration, which makes it a very secure high-tech document."

The E-passport will also be available for the safe conduct and travel documents of refugees and foreigners, exit and entry permits for carriers, as well as neighborhood permits for people living in border areas, said Migration in its statement.



The E-passport follows all the safety guidelines and provisions of the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO), Migration said. The internal pages will include images of the country's biodiversity such as islands, sharks, turtles, corals, butterflies and sloths among others.

The current passport will remain valid until its last day of validity, "it is not necessary to seek a renewal before the expiration date," Migration said.

According to ICAO, Malaysia was the first country to issue biometric passports in 1998. Currently, most developed countries already provide this type of ID for their citizens.

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