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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Passports

Cornelia Hagedorn

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 21 July 2024

Subject(s):
Diplomatic relations — Recognition of states

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 Passports are recognized in international law as official documents issued by national or international authorities to individuals enabling the bearer to offer some proof of his or her identity and nationality and to cross international boundaries.2 The word passport is a combination of the French words passer, meaning to pass, and porte, a port or gate. It most probably originates from the documents that people in medieval Europe were obliged to present in order to pass through the gates of city walls.3 Passports are small booklets provided with a serial number...
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