Do World Leaders Need Passports?

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What is diplomatic passport in our globalized world, it is incredibly common for a president, prime minister, king, chancellor, supreme leader, and other world leaders to visit other countries on diplomatic missions.

Unlike the world of us normies however, diplomats and high-level politicians travel in a very different way, especially when it comes to customs and immigration. So, what exactly is the protocol for the leaders and representatives of the world’s countries?

For most countries, there are at least three different types of passports. Most of us will use a normal, everyday passport intended for normal people travelling for normal business or leisure purposes. However, if you work for the government, this likely doesn’t apply to you in the same way, as there are two other types in most countries: diplomatic and official passports, each with their own requirements, designs, and even visa privileges.

What is Diplomatic Passport ?

As implied in the name, diplomatic passports are of course given to diplomats when they go to represent their country in an embassy or consulate, or for some other purpose that requires their nation to be represented in some way by a special person.

Diplomatic passports often have different visa requirements than normal passports, and often even have their own immigration counters at some major airports. It should be noted however that merely possessing a diplomatic passport doesn‘t automatically grant the holder diplomatic immunity, for that a diplomat of course needs special clearance on top of their diplomatic passport.

This passport is often also what’s given to a country’s leader and their accompanying staff. For example, the President of the United States gets a black US diplomatic passport when they enter office (and are allowed to keep after they leave office) which in this case also has the sentence “THE BEARER IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES” printed on one of the pages, which probably gives a few border agents a bit of a jump occasionally.

When a world leader arrives at an airport in another country however, the party does not line up to get their passports stamped, instead the party goes on their own way while everyone‘s passports are brought in to be checked and stamped behind the scenes.

Remember, government visits (much like spaceflights) are highly planned and heavily orchestrated events; the President of France isn’t exactly the type of person to jump the fence at the airport and illegally immigrate to Canada or anything like that. Of course there is one thing that I’m sure you’re all going to be dying for me to mention.

Queen Elizabeth II Doesn’t Need a Passport

which basically means that all British passports are of course issued in the Queen’s name, meaning that she can basically waive herself through but every other member of the royal family cannot (and I mean a border guard isn’t going to come across the Queen and have to tell her apart from any other 93-year old British woman, you can generally tell when you’re dealing with the real deal).

So that was relatively straightforward, but of course this articles is kind of short as it is, so I’m going to use an old trick of mine and turn this articles into a articles on similar types of passport, since there are still lots.

Official Passport or Service Passport

For example, when one is sent to another country by their government but not as a diplomat or on a diplomatic mission or on any other formal affairs they will likely be given a service passport, also known as an official passport, yet another type of special passport given to government workers (and often their families) who are traveling abroad for their jobs at the government, but are nonetheless not part of the diplomatic corp and are not serving as ambassadors.

United Nations Passport

On a somewhat similar note is the United Nations Laissez-Passer, a passport-shaped travel document given to officials of the UN and other select agencies, notably the World Bank, IMF, WHO, WTO, WTO, WTF, YMCA, RESPECT, and several others for those traveling on official business.

Like actual passports, they also provide visa-free travel to certain select countries, assuming the border guard in question even knows what it is. No really, that happens so often that its Wikipedia page actually warns that many immigration officers might not actually realize it’s a real travel document.

However the blue one does come with some diplomatic immunity while the red version comes with full diplomatic immunity. Okay now for a rapid-fire list of slightly related documents to wrap up this articles.

Interpol Passports

Interpol gives its officers their own Interpol Travel Documents, basically special Interpol passports for  on-duty officers traveling between Interpol member nations to waive any visa requirements in case of any emergency that that particular officer might be needed for.

Refugee Travel Documents

These documents given to refugees by the country they have fled to in order to allow them to leave and return to their country of choice (except for in Australia), however they also fall under the problem of immigration officers occasionally not knowing what these things are.

Hajj Passports Documents

Finally Hajj passports are documents issued by a handful of countries for purposes of attending the Hajj in Mecca, though many of these (highlighted with the green lines) only do this for their Muslim citizens (which to be fair you’re kind of already doing by default anyway), but in most cases people just get a Hajj visa in their regular passport.

Jordan however also gives temporary Jordanian passports to Israeli Muslims, since of course Israeli citizens are not allowed to visit Saudi Arabia at all. The list of these kinds of special passports almost never ends, but I have to end this article somewhere.

Thanks for reading this article, it was nice to write an article regarding passport again, If you want to read more of these give this articles a comment to let me know.

How To Explain Schengen Visa To A Five-Year-Old

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How long does it take to get a schengen visa? Europe is heaven. Nothing is better than in Europe. From Stunning Landscapes to Rich Culture.

Crazy Festivals to Amazing Night life From Delicious Foods to Great Study Opportunities Europe has everything for everyone.  If you have made up your mind to visit Europe then this article can be very useful to you.

In today’s article, we are going to explain 5 hacks to get a visa without refusal. Let’s move ahead. 26 Countries 1 Visa Isn’t that Amazing?

Well! With Schengen Visa, you can easily travel to countries like Germany, France, and Spain etc without requiring any separate visa. Now let’s discuss what documents are needed for visa application.

A cover letter mentioning the purpose of your travel, hardcopy of the properly filled form. 2 recently taken photos. A valid passport. Evidence of legal residence – such as national ID card, voting card etc. Travel insurance covering a minimum of 30000 Euros. Proof of booked flight itinerary.

Proof of accommodation like hotel reservation etc. If you are employed then Employment contract. Current bank statement stamped by home branch.

Proof of tax return, Sponsorship letter But If you are a student then Proof of enrollment. No objection certificate from your school or college. Bank statement Sponsorship Letter.

Now let’s discuss tips to get your visa as soon as possible.

Number 1

File your application with your real details. Do not hide anything or confuse them with the data you provide.

Number 2

Be clear about your travel purpose and be prepared to answer the most common questions related to your journey.

Number 3

Your documents should clearly mention your financial stability to sponsor your travel. Most of the visa get rejected coz of financial instability of the applicant Your bank account should maintain a minimum balance of 2500 Dollar on the date of taking your bank statement If you own a credit card, it’s better to attach its statement. This will look good when they are going to observe your financial background.

Number 4

For the flight itinerary, you can use dummy tickets. Many online companies’ issues dummy flight tickets at nominal charges. You can pay them after getting a visa.

Same For accommodation, many online hotel websites like hotels.com offers pay at hotel feature.

You can book now and pay later when you reach Europe. This is how you can get the travel itinerary without spending the money.

Number 5

On the date of appointment go informal and cooperate with the authorities. During the interview they are going to ask questions regarding your profession, the purpose for travel and what you know about the country you are visiting, etc.

Be ready with all the answers. If your documents are up to date and your interview is positive then you’ll get a visa in just 3 to 4 working days. You don’t need to pay hefty fees to any travel agent. If you have any queries regarding this article, then don’t hesitate to ask us in comments.