Colombian citizens in possession of the Cedula digital ID will be able to use the document as a passport to travel to a number of South American countries.
The announcement was made Tuesday by the National Civil Registry (Registraduria Nacional del Estado Civil) on Twitter.
In a video published by the Registry, National Director of Identification Didier Chilito explains that an updated version of Colombia’s digital ID will now serve as a passport for people traveling to Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, in Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.
“This new identity document complies with high international standards, including that of the International Civil Aviation Organization, and contains all the data and characteristics required by this international organization,” the official said.
To obtain the digital identity card, citizens will have to go to the National Registry website and follow the detailed steps here. The document also describes how to access and present the digital ID using mobile devices such as smartphones.
According to Chilito, there are currently more than 1,186 offices available nationwide to process digital ID requests.
“Soon we will also have this service for Colombians abroad,” Chilito adds in the video.
The announcement comes months after the National Civil Registry said it would deploy Thales fingerprint scanners for better management of biometric enrollments and fraud prevention.
More recently, Colombian state-owned arms manufacturer Indumil selected Tech5 for more accurate and secure biometric identification to reshape licensing for those buying guns in the country.
Meanwhile, in Europe, Finland hopes to start piloting IDless cross-border travel for the first time within the EU.
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