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Palestinian Authority Passport

Palestinian Authority passports (jawaz safr) have been issued by the Palestinian Authority since April 1995 to Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip and West Bank for the purpose of international travel.

The Palestinian Authority passport is available to anyone born in Palestine on production of a birth certificate attesting to that. Whether Palestinians born outside Palestine could apply was not clear to the Palestinian Authority Representative questioned by UNHCR representatives in May 2002. The PA representative also said even if those applying met the PA's eligibility criteria, the Israeli government placed additional restrictions on the actual issuance of passports.[1]

History

Two years after the Oslo Accords of 1993,, the Palestinian Authority began to issue its own passports which retained the personal ID number of the Israeli Civil Administration.[2]

Implications of the passport

The recognition of the passports by other countries has been cited as evidence of recognition by them of the State of Palestine and/or Palestinian nationality and citizenship. As of 1997, Palestinian authorities had not issued a passport in the name of the State of Palestine.[3] While the United States Government recognizes Palestinian Authority passports as travel documents, it does not view them as conferring citizenship, since they are not issued by a government. Consular officials representing the Governments of Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, when asked by the Resource Information Center of UNHCR in May 2002, would not comment on whether their governments viewed PA passports as conferring any proof of citizenship or residency, but did say that the passports, along with valid visas or other necessary papers, would allow their holders to travel to their countries.[1]

In October 2007, a Japanese Justice Ministry official said, "Given that the Palestinian Authority has improved itself to almost a full-fledged state and issues its own passports, we have decided to accept the Palestinian nationality". The decision followed a recommendation by a ruling party panel on nationality that Palestinians should no longer be treated as stateless.[4]

Passport note

In the Passport note it says:

English

The holder of the passport is under protection of Palestinian Authority. All of those whom (it) may concern are hereby requested to allow the holder to pass freely without delay or hindrance, and to afford the holder with assistance and protection as may be necessary.

Countries which accept Palestinian Authority passports

As at September 1995, the Palestinian Authority passport has been recognised by 29 states: Algeria, Bahrain, Bulgaria, People's Republic of China, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Jordan, Malta, Morocco, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.[5]

Countries that do not accept Palestinian Authority passports

See also

References

  1. ^ a b INS Resource Information Center (May 20, 2002). "Palestinian Territory, Occupied" (PDF). UNHCR. Retrieved 2009-01-24.
  2. ^ Parsons, Nigel Craig (2005). The politics of the Palestinian Authority: from Oslo to al-Aqsa. Routledge. p. 298. ISBN 9780415944403. Retrieved 25/01/10. ((cite book)): Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ Segal in Kapitan, 1997, p. 231.
  4. ^ See Japan to recognize Palestinian nationality, KUNA, 10/5/2007 [1]; Japan to recognise Palestinian nationality, The India Report, 6 October 2007 [2]; Yomiuri, Government to recognize Palestinian ‘nationality’, Saturday, October 6, 2007; and Japan News Review, Government to recognize Palestinian ‘nationality’, October 6, 2007, [3]
  5. ^ Eur, 2004, p. 933.
  6. ^ Canada, Delta Air Lines visa information by Timaticweb
  7. ^ Lebanon, Delta Air Lines visa information by Timaticweb
  8. ^ Syria, Delta Air Lines visa information by Timaticweb