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1. New US Passports should Boost US Traveller Numbers in Asia Pacific
New US Passports should Boost US Traveller Numbers in Asia Pacific. As US citizens now need a passport when returning to the US from neighbouring destinations more and more people in the US are applying for passports. In the past US citizens simply needed to present their driver’s licenses to pass immigration. With their new passports in hand, US travellers are now more likely than
2. Singapore to Stop Stamping Passports on Departure
Frequent travellers will be pleased to learn that Singapore's Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) will stop stamping the passports of travellers departing the country from 22 April 2019 onwards.
3. AirAsia to Implement Interpol’s I-Checkit System
As part of ongoing efforts to enhance international travel security, AirAsia is to pilot Interpol’s I-Checkit system to screen the passports of all its prospective passengers against the world police body’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database.
4. Qatar Airways to Implement Interpol’s I-Checkit System
Qatar Airways has signed an agreement with Interpol to use the world police body’s I-Checkit system to screen the passports of its passengers against Interpol's Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database. With this agreement, Qatar Airways becomes the first full-service airline to use I-Checkit, joining regional low-cost carrier AirAsia in piloting the Interpol initiative whi
5. Japan and Singapore Now World’s Best Passports for Visa-Free Travel
Singapore and Japan have knocked Germany off the top spot of the 2018 Henley Passport Index, with citizens of both Asian nations now enjoying visa-free access to a record 180 destinations. The German passport is now the third most powerful globally, providing its citizens with access to 179 destinations worldwide.
6. American Airlines Adds Passport Chip Scanning to Mobile App
American Airlines has become one of the first airlines in the world to offer passport chip scanning as part of its mobile app. The technology transmits the required passport information directly from the NFC chip embedded in the passport and allows passengers to head directly to the gate for international flights without having their passports rechecked by a customer service agent.
7. United Airlines Launches Mobile App Passport Scanning for Check-In
United Airlines passengers can now scan their passports to check-in for international flights via their iOS and Android mobile devices. United is offering customers the opportunity to use passport scanning functionality on the airline’s mobile app as the carrier completes testing.
8. World’s Most Powerful Passports? Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Germany in Top 3
For the third consecutive year, Japan has secured the top spot on the Henley Passport Index with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 191. Singapore holds onto its 2nd-place position with a score of 190, while South Korea drops down a rank to 3rd place alongside Germany, giving their passport holders visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to 189 destinations worldwide.

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