New UK passport design
August 31st, 2010 by elisa

The UK passport has been redesigned with a new security feature – pictures of iconic images from across Britain. The new 10-year passport will be harder to forge as enhanced security features are embedded in the pages, these include pictures of the White Cliffs of Dover, the Gower Peninsular and Ben Nevis.

The personal details page of the passport has been moved forward to the second page in the booklet, which is the case for other passports in Europe, this will help speed travel across borders.

The passports will be available in October and the new security measures include:

– the chip storing the holder’s details will be moved to the inside of the passport cover. It will no longer be visible in this position and makes it much harder to replace without damage to the passport cover being spotted;

– a secondary image of the holder will be printed onto the observations page;

– new designs will now stretch across two pages; and

– a new transparent covering including several holograms will protect the holder’s personal details.

The new passport will cost the same as current passports: £77.50 for adults and £49 for children, more if required at short notice.

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