Sahrawi passport
The front cover of a contemporary Sahrawi passport
Issued by Sahrawi Republic
First issued2012 (biometric passport booklet)
EligibilitySahrawi citizenship

Sahrawi passports are passports issued to citizens of the Sahrawi Republic. They are issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Interior, and launched by National Centre of Documents Production.[1]

Sahrawi passport booklets are valid for travel by Sahrawi citizens to the countries that recognized the Sahrawi Republic, although travel to certain countries and/or for certain purposes may require a visa. They conform with recommended standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). There are more types of passport booklets; as well, SADR issued biometric passports as standard since September 2012.[1]

Types of passports

Sahrawi passports are plain and diplomatic. They have red, blue and green cover.[1]

Biometric passport

Plans had been adopted to prepare and issue the new Sahrawi passport before December 2011.[2] Production of the first Saharawi biometric passport was launched 8 September 2012 under Presidential Decree 11/2012. The new biometric passport contains an electronic chip with information about the holder, including a digitized photograph, fingerprints and signature. The Minister of Interior Mr. Hamada Salma said that new passport with the high digital technology "has two security codes; one contains information of the passport’s holder, whereas the second is a two-dimensional system. In addition to other security measures can only be read by ultraviolet." President of the SADR Mohamed Abdelaziz was granted the first Saharawi diplomatic passport.[1]

Gallery of Sahrawi passports


  1. ^ a b c d "Launch of first Saharawi biometric passport". Sahara Press Service. 2012-08-09. Archived from the original on 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2013-12-09.
  2. ^ "Moral report of the National Secretariat submitted to the XIII Congress by Mr Mohamed Abdelaziz". Sahara Press Service. December 2011. Archived from the original on 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2013-12-09.