Machine-readable passports in the format specified by ICAO became the worldwide standard effective yesterday, the organization announced from Montreal. The 188 member nations of ICAO have agreed that all must begin issuing ICAO-standard MRPs no later than April 1, 2010. Some 110 nations already do so. "Cooperation among all ICAO Contracting States in the implementation of this new standard is essential for meeting our global objectives, to minimize delays in border-crossing formalities and ...

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