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05 March 2010 - Media release

International police co-operation boosted by Brazil decision to recognize INTERPOL passport

LYON, France – Brazil has become the second INTERPOL member country to formally recognize the INTERPOL passport for individuals travelling on official police business.

Confirmation by the Brazilian government that the INTERPOL passport will be accorded the same status as the United Nations laissez-passer follows the decision earlier this week by Pakistan to grant visa waiver status to INTERPOL passport holders.

Welcoming the decision by Brazil, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said each member country’s acceptance of the INTERPOL travel document provided greater opportunities for enhanced police co-operation.

“Officials travelling on police business using an INTERPOL passport, often at the request of a member country in response to a terrorist attack, major crime or natural disaster, need to be in place as quickly as possible,” said Secretary General Noble.

“Giving the INTERPOL passport the same legal recognition as the UN laissez-passer or visa waiver status significantly increases not only our ability to provide a faster response to calls for our on-site assistance, but also for law enforcement officials in each of our 188 member countries to provide mutual support where needed and requested,” added Mr Noble.

“The decision by Brazil and Pakistan to provide this status to the INTERPOL passport is an example for other countries to follow,” concluded the head of the world policing body.

Officially unveiled at the 2009 General Assembly in Singapore, the state-of-the-art INTERPOL passport incorporates a range of security features such as laser engraving, an electronic chip and holographic, micrographic and optical security elements.