Interpol Begins Issuing Passports

Interpol has developed its first ever travel documents (e-passport booklet and e-ID card), intended to enable Interpol Officials, Chiefs of Law Enforcement Agencies, Heads of National Central Bureaus (NCBs) and staff to travel internationally on official Interpol business without requiring a visa when assisting in transnational investigations or urgent deployments.

Ukrainian Interior Minister Anatoliy Mohyliov has become the first minister in the world to receive an Interpol passport, which enables him to make working visits to the countries where this document is recognized. This is no coincidence, as the passport was designed in Ukraine by the EDAPS Company in cooperation with foreign colleagues.

About 2,000 such documents are planned to be issued in the whole world. Currently, only 11 countries recognize Interpol passports but more are expected to follow.

The passports are strictly intended for official Interpol business. Interpol passports are forbidden from personal use.

The U.S. has not recognized Interpol passports as of yet.

For more information on the Interpol Travel Document Initiative, please click here.

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