Braille secure vignette in the Portuguese Electronic Passport
Braille secure vignette in the Portuguese Electronic Passport

Portuguese passport is the first in the EU with braille identification data

June 29, 2018

The Portuguese Electronic Passport (PEP) when issued to a visually impaired citizen will now include a braille secure vignette, a pioneer step in the European Union that will allow the passport holder to clearly identify the name, number and expiration date of the document.

The braille secure vignette was developed by INCM and SEF (Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service), with the support of ACAPO (Association of the Blind and Amblyopic of Portugal).

This new feature was presented yesterday during a ceremony that marked the 42 anniversary of SEF, where the Secretary of State for the Inclusion of Disabled People, Ana Sofia Antunes, being herself blind, received her new passport with the braille secure vignette.

According to the Minister of the Interior, Eduardo Cabrita, there are several countries working in this direction, however Portugal was the first to have this feature "in full operation".

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