Friday, August 8, 2008


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (August 8,2008) - Introducing biometric passports is the key condition set by the European Union to Bosnia for cancelling the visa regime. Although the biometric system was initially supposed to be ready by the end of 2008, and then the deadline was pushed back to the first quarter of 2009, it seems that it will take much more for biometric passports to reach the Bosnian citizens.

According to the Citizen Identification Protection System (CIPS) Implementation Directorate, they are not expected before late 2009.Bosnia will thus be among the last countries in the region to introduce biometric passports.

A biometric passport is a combined paper and electronic identity document that uses biometrics to authenticate the citizenship of travelers. The passport's critical information is stored on a tiny computer chip, much like information stored on smartcards. Like some smartcards, the passport book design calls for an embedded contactless chip that is able to hold digital signature data to ensure the integrity of the passport and the biometric data.

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