First I was wondering what document they were talking about, thinking "document" as in "pages of stuff to read"...
BIA page wrote:
The chip contains the holder's details as shown on page 31 of the document.
But of course they meant "identity document". Or did they?
From 17 March 2008 the certificate of identity will change its name to the certificate of travel.
Ah, so it's a *travel* document. (still hadn't twigged)
Then someone points at what should have been obvious
Hmm, lets see what page of my ePassport has a chip on it... 1, 2, 3... 31!!
Blimey, it's a passport!
Right. So instead of "identity documents" they are issuing "travel documents" which bear a remarkable resemblance to passports (barring the colour) which may be used to prove identity. Is it possible that somewhere in pages 1-30 will be space for stamps?
This does seem to fit with the apparent desire to make ID and passports interchangeable (but only within europe of course).
If these new ones are effectively rebadged passports, what were the old ones like?