Secure passports to meet deadline
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said that new passport security data requirements for entry to the United States would be accepted before the October deadline.
A media report quoting US Department of Homeland Security officials suggested several so-called waiver countries were likely to miss the October 26 deadline to include extra security data on passports.
Reuters quoted departmental officials as saying the majority of the 27 countries - most of which are European but also include Japan and Australia - were unlikely to meet the deadline for the inclusion of biometric features, such as digital photographs or fingerprints, in all new passports.
A DFAT spokeswoman said Australian authorities such as DFAT and Customs have been working on the newly required facial biometrics feature.
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