The new passport is being touted as an improvement on the previous one and as an alternative to biometric ID cards that can be used only in countries where you’ve obtained a visa.
The new visa will allow you to travel freely in Italy, the European Union, Switzerland and other countries without needing to apply for a passport and will give you the ability to use your mobile phone and camera for identity verification purposes.
The main advantage of the new passport over the previous biometric card is that it will be easier to use, but the main drawback is the cost.
The passport, which is made of a polymer, costs €80 ($100) to make and will go on sale on July 7.
If you are not already a member of the Italian public, you can already register for a one-time fee of €90 ($101) that will be added to your credit card statement after a year.
You can find out more about the new visa here.
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