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What is an ePassport?

Answer

An ePassport is also known as a biometric passport. It looks like a traditional passport book, but it contains an electronic chip that is encoded with the same information found on page 2 of the passport (surname, given name, date of birth, place of birth and gender). It also includes a digital picture of the bearer's face.

The addition of the electronic chip to the Canadian passport increases security, provides greater protection against tampering and reduces the risk of fraud.

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