Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Filipinos in UAE warned against fake Machine Readable Passports

MANILA, Philippines - Filipinos working in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were advised anew to be wary of people offering to sell them machine-readable passports.Online news site Khaleej Times reported Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo personally gave the advice during a recent visit to Dubai.“The new machine-readable passport is also fool-proof so its introduction will not only meet the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), but will also provide a hassle-free travel to all Filipinos as machine-readable passports are in place in 62 countries worldwide," he said.But he cited reports reaching him indicating unscrupulous parties had approached some people and offered to facilitate getting such passports.He said Filipinos can get machine-readable passports from the diplomatic missions in Abu Dhabi and in Dubai or at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila, and not anywhere else.Romulo added the best way to avoid being victimized is to directly renew or get new machine-readable passport at DFA or at diplomatic missions in UAE.

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