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Artsakhi passport
TypePassport
Issued by Artsakh
PurposeIdentification
EligibilityArtsakhi citizenship

Artsakhi passports (Armenian: Արցախի անձնագիր) were issued to Artsakhi citizens to travel outside the partially recognized Republic of Artsakh. They were also used as proof of identity within the country. Passports of the Republic of Artsakh were issued based on amendments to the Constitution of Artsakh of 2006.

Physical appearance

An ordinary Artsakhi passport was dark red, with the Republic of Artsakh's coat of arms emblazoned in gold in the center of the front cover. It was almost identical to the Armenian passport. The words (Armenian: Լեռնային Ղարաբաղի Հանրապետություն) "Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh" and (Armenian: Անձնագիր) "Passport" in the Armenian and English languages also appeared on the front cover. The passport was valid for 10 years from the time of issue, the contents of the passport were in the Armenian and English languages.

Travel and recognition

Due to the status of the state, the passport was not legally recognized by the international community and it was used only within the borders of Artsakh and three other post-Soviet disputed states; Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Transnistria as all members of the Community for Democracy and Rights of Nations had agreed to abolish visa requirements for their citizens. In addition, citizens of Artsakh might travel visa-free to neighboring Armenia.

Artsakh permitted dual citizenship, and as a result, a number of Syrian Armenian refugees were granted Artsakh passports when they immigrated in 2012.[1]

See also

References

  1. ^ Babayan, Knar (18 March 2013). "Քաշաթաղ, Լիբանան, թե՞ ուր. Բերձոր եկած սիրիահայերը հեռանալու և մնալու միջև". eMedia.am (in Armenian). Archived from the original on 21 March 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2022.