Security Bureau sees No Rush in New Passport Applications
Last May 15, Shenzhen police started the new generation passport program. Shenzhen public security bureau started to issue the new passports in each district, it will take ten days for applicants to get the version of the passport. Police are also reminding applicants that the new electronic passport can’t be used for automated immigration checks just yet.
Unlike the old passports, the new generation of passport will use a contactless smart card technology using a microchip embedded and has a preset function that will speed up processing time at checkpoints. The microchip will have the passport holder’s name along with the date of birth, photo and fingerprints.
Although there was no rush of applicants for the new passports, the exit/entry administration of Nanshan Security sub bureau handles around 200 applications in a day. The microchip in the passport can only be decoded by the passport issuing authorities and officials at checkpoints. These way travelers will get through checkpoints faster and prevents counterfeiting.