The country's Department of Foreign Affairs is considering a trial run of cloud-based digital passports

Is the next step to digitalizing travel digital passports? Australia is the first country to consider a move to paperless passports. The country recently considered a range of travel innovations at a hackathon style event called the InnovationXchange at the Department of Foreign Affairs. According to the Sydney Morning Herald report, Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop thinks the idea could “go global.”

Australia and New Zealand are considering a trial run of the digital passports, which would store a traveler's identity and biometrics data. But first, it would have to pass serious security measures. “Australia prides itself on having one of the most secure passports in the world, but by embracing and harnessing new technologies, we might be able to do better,” Bishop told SBS.

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