Law Library of Congress publishes a new report on recognition of foreign passports

Asha Bajaj
2 min readMay 3, 2021

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Washington/Canadian-Media: A new report produced by specialists and analysts of the Global Legal Research Directorate on the Recognition of Foreign Passports was recently published on the Law Library of Congress’ website.

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The report focuses on the rules and approaches for recognizing foreign passports after surveying 20 jurisdictions around the world as well as international law.

In addition, the report covers the recognition of irregular passport extensions and the issuance of international travel documents to non-citizens and includes relevant rules found in international law.

Countries surveyed were Argentina, Australia, Brazil¸ Canada, China, France, Georgia, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Nicaragua, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States.

Recognition of the jurisdictions of irregular extension of passports like that granted by the Venezuelan government in 2019 has also been surveyed by this report.

The map shows jurisdictions recognizing the irregular extension of Venezuelan passports. Map created by Susan Taylor-Pikulsky. Image credit: Law Library of Congress.

Most jurisdictions surveyed including categories like stateless persons, non-citizens, for example, permanent residents, guest workers, persons unable to receive a travel document for force majeure reasons, persons under duress, persons who must travel to their home country to apply for a passport, etc. were also issued travel documents.

The survey of the report also includes when a jurisdiction may issue an international travel document to a non-citizen, such as a refugee, stateless person, asylum-seeker, or other non-citizens as signatory jurisdictions are obligated to issue travel documents to refugees under the international law, specifically the 1951 Refugee Convention.

The map shows jurisdictions issuing travel documents to non-citizens. Map created by Susan Taylor-Pikulsky. Image credit: Law Library of Congress.

A more detailed comparative summary and the full report is available in the comprehensive list of all reports published on the website of the LoC Law Library.



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