Andean passport

Andean passport

The Andean passport is a passport for those South American countries that are members of the Andean Community of Nations (ACN).

Origin and use

The Andean passport was created in June 2001 pursuant to ACN Decisión 504. This passport is based on a standard model containing harmonised features of nomenclature and security based on the recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The member states of the ACN agreed to phase in new Andean passports bearing the official name of the regional body in Spanish by January 2005, although previously issued national passports will be valid until their expiry date.

The passport is effective in Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. Bolivia and Colombia should have started issuing Andean passports in early 2006. Fact|date=August 2007

Venezuela recently left the ACN. It is likely that country will no longer issue Andean passports.Fact|date=August 2007

Basic features

The Andean passport features:
* a passbook type format with rounded edges measuring 88mm by 125 mm.
* a cover and back cover in “bordeaux” color.
* legends printed in gold color.
* Above the national seal of the issuing country, the cover has the legend "COMUNIDAD ANDINA", which is centered and printed in larger fonts. Below the seal is printed the official name of the member country.
* the bottom of the cover has the word "PASAPORTE" (Spanish), with "PASSPORT" (English) immediately below in smaller type.

External links

* [ DECISION 525: Minimum specific technical characteristics of Andean Passport nomenclature and security]

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