The winner in this category was the new Belgian ePassport.

ID & Secure Document News has followed the development of this winning nomination since the announcement of the renewal of the ePassport contract in 2020

After the presentation on best practice given at the HSP EMEA conference in Lisbon in 2020 – just before travel restrictions started across the world –   there was some anticipation as to what would come out of the two main concepts for the new ePassport – to combine an original typically national design with enhanced security.

With the launch of the new passport and travel documents for non-nationals in February of this year the wait was over.

The use of comic strips, also known as the 9th Art, combined with the enhanced security features has resulted into what can only be described as an audacious design of a highly secure document.

The passport and the travel document share the same design and security features, so the HSP award was made to the Zetes-Thales consortium and the Belgian Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs department.