​As part of the assistance to States to implement the ICAO TRIP Strategy, the Facilitation Section has introduced in partnership with the ICAO Global Aviation Training (GAT) Bureau an ICAO Training Package entitled "Control of the Authenticity and Validity of Travel Documents at Airport Borders – Level 1".


ICAO forecasts that scheduled global passenger traffic will increase from 3.5 billion in 2015 to 6.4 billion by 2030. The increased passenger volume will impact an essential aspect of international air travel: travel document examination. Providing quality and relevant training for carrying out this task is critical for global security, border control and the facilitation of air transport.


The purpose of this course is to consolidate the competencies of front-line inspection officers from immigration and border control authorities to examine travel documents effectively, allowing them to expedite the movement of legitimate travellers while identifying high-risk individuals.


The four-day course was developed according to a standardized training methodology referenced in ICAO's Training Development Guide, Competency-based Training Methodology (Doc 9941). This Training Package builds upon ICAO's leadership in developing travel document specifications contained in ICAO's Machine Readable Travel Documents (Doc 9303), and in assisting its Member States in strengthening their national traveller identification programme.


Upon successful completion of the course, the trainees will be able to:

  • describe the basic elements of a travel document;
  • identify the different types of fraud;
  • examine a travel document manually and visually to detect whether it is fraudulent or not; and
  • examine a travel document using an electronic document reader to detect whether it is fraudulent or not.


This ICAO Training Package (ITP) was developed to assist Member States in implementing the ICAO Traveller Identification Programme (TRIP) Strategy, endorsed by the 38th Session of the ICAO Assembly in 2013. The Strategy emphasizes a holistic approach to traveller identification management in order to uniquely identify individuals. It promotes a robust identification management programme, modern secure travel documents and effective border and identity controls that are powerful tools to be used to mitigate and counter threats posed by trans-border crime and terrorism.


By enhancing border security and control at airports, this ITP also assists States in implementing the United Nations Security Council resolutions related to terrorism, including resolution 2178 (2014) on Foreign Terrorist Fighters, which calls all States to "prevent the movement of terrorists or terrorist groups […] through measures for preventing counterfeiting, forgery or fraudulent use of identity papers and travel documents".


Available in English and French, the ITP will be translated into all of the other languages of ICAO.


Member States interest to host this training course to train their officers, please visit:

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