Dominica Biometric Passport Deadline Reduced
27 July 2021
The Dominica Government have been issuing biometric passports to Dominican citizens since July 2021. The changes came as the Dominic Government understood the need for Domnica to join the global movement in providing safer, more secure travel. The implementation of electronic passports and upgrades made to passport system has since caused vast improvements in national security across borders.
Citizens of Dominica can obtain a biometric passport upon renewing an expired or a lost passport, and originally the deadline for adopting biometric passports was July 2023, however this has since been reduced to August 31st, 2022.
What is a Biometric Passport?
A biometric passport also called an 'electronic passport' (e-passport) or a 'digital passport', is a government document that proves the owner's identity and citizenship when travelling abroad. An electronic passport looks like an ordinary passport, the only small difference is that it has an international biometric passport symbol at the bottom of the front cover. The biometric passport is embedded with an electronic microprocessor chip, which contains the relevant data about the passport owner which is required to pass through border control.
All the information required to determine a person's identity is stored on the small chip within the passport. Information such as passport number, date of issue and expiration date, photo, surname, name, patronymic, date of birth of a person, and other biometric data such as iris recognition and fingerprints, are used to authenticate the identity of the passport holder.
The implementation of the chip, and biometric passports in general provide an additional layer of security against passport fraud. Dominica's efforts to improve the security of the island's borders and Dominican citizens' safety is one of the key reasons for the country’s transition to biometric passports. The use of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) ensures that all personal information is protected from counterfeit and fraud. The biometric passport is read without delay, which allows the holder to pass through customs and border control quickly and efficiently.
There are many reasons as to why individuals choose to apply for Dominican Citizenship as their second citizenship. The Dominica Citizenship-by-Investment programme was introduced to empower people worldwide to secure a stable and secure future for themselves and their families whilst also investing in the island.
Aside from the obvious benefits to gain from Dominica Citizenship-by-Investment, such as the unspoilt beautiful landscapes and warm climate, there are many lucrative gains to be made. With a minimum investment of $100,000, investors and their families can receive their new Dominican passports in as little as four months. The whole family can be part of the application, including dependent children under 30 years old and parents of any age.
Dominica citizenship applicants can take advantage of visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to over 140 countries and territories. Visa-free access coupled with the new security of the biometric passport proves that Dominica is making significant strides in providing a high quality of life and safety for its citizens.
Dominica Citizenship-by-Investment is often a favoured route to gaining second citizenship due to its relatively quick and simple application process. Those seeking Dominican Citizenship for financial purposes will also gain from the favourable tax policies in place such as no tax on foreign income, capital gains, dividends, gifts, wealth, and inheritance.
Learn more about Dominica Citizenship-by-investment programmes and discover the abundance of advantages to be gained from owning a Dominican biometric passport.
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