Canada unveils new passport design with security features and nod to King Charles

Canada on Wednesday unveiled a new passport design, with enhanced security features and a new series referencing His Majesty King Charles III, as part of a regular update.

The new passport will display a coat of arms, making Canada one of the first Commonwealth countries to introduce a series of travel documents referencing King Charles, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizens Canada (IRCC) said. acronym in English).

The document will have the queen’s coat of arms, since the creation of the passport took place before the king approved the new version.

New features include laser-engraved personal information, rather than printed in ink, on a polycarbonate data page, a design with strong anti-fraud components.

The new version will also include a Kinegram over the main photo, a custom transparent window with a secondary image of the passport holder, a variable laser image and a temperature sensitive ink feature, an IRCC press release announced.

The Canadian passport ranks fourth globally in its Passport Index mobility score, alongside seven other countries including the United States, Australia and Japan. It is ranked 26th globally for its visa features, which authorize passport holders visa-free entry into 115 countries, with 51 countries allowing a visa on arrival.

The UAE is the highest ranked passport globally.

Canada’s new passport will begin rolling out later this summer and will also allow citizens to renew their travel documents online.

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