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As of this month, Palestinian refugees in Lebanon will be able to meet international regulations for passports as the government rolls out biometric travel documents. In April 2010, the International Civil Aviation Organization – the U.N. administrative body for standardized travel document regulations – announced the discontinuationof non-machine readable and non-biometric travel documents. ePassports have already been made available for Lebanese citizens but as of the beginning of November, Palestinians registered in Lebanon will also benefit from the upgrade.Biometric passports for Lebanese nationals were recently implemented after a delay in which the government initially refused to abide by the ICAO ruling 3.10.1However, not all Palestinians in Lebanon will be able to access the travel document.However, the second wave fleeing to Lebanon after 1967 Lebanon-Israel conflict mostly registered under the Lebanese government and not UNRWA.With the extension of biometric documents to Palestinians in the country, the government has allowed the community to maintain their right to travel, even if the significant practical barriers for most are maintained.
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