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An UNMIK Travel Document was a passport-sized document issued to residents of Kosovo[a], who were not able to obtain a passport from Yugoslavia, for the purpose of foreign travel.[1] The document was issued by the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) from 2000[1] to 2008.[2] After the government of Kosovo started to issue their own passports, the UNMIK ceased issuing them. Existing documents retained their validity until expiry (the last ones expired in 2010).

The travel document was not a passport as it did not contain information on Nationality and as it was not issued by a sovereign state. The document carried UNMIK travel document/titre de voyage on the cover, contained 32 pages and was valid for two years. The document contained a machine readable strip. As the issuing authority was the UNMIK, the document had the official[3] three-letter code "UNK" where normally the country code is placed. The document was the only other travel document issued by the United Nations besides the United Nations Laissez-Passer, which is mainly issued to employees of the UN and its specialised agencies.

Limited acceptance

As the status of Kosovo was and remains controversial, the document was not widely accepted.[4] For those countries that did accept it, its non-passport status sometimes restricted its applications. For example, although the US did accept the UNMIK Travel Document, it did not place visa stickers in the document itself, but on a detached sheet.[5]

Notes

a.   ^ The political status of Kosovo is disputed. Having unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008, Kosovo is formally recognised as an independent state by 97 UN member states (with another 15 states recognising it at some point but then withdrawing their recognition) and 96 states not recognizing it, while Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory.

References

  1. ^ a b "Complete UN Kosovo Coverage". Archived from the original on 2012-10-25. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  2. ^ "First passports issued in Kosovo (SETimes.com)". Archived from the original on 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2010-04-26.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-08-12. Retrieved 2010-04-27.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "UNMIK - Travel Documents". Archived from the original on 2009-08-05. Retrieved 2018-05-09.
  5. ^ "Visa Bulletin for July 2013". Archived from the original on 2013-06-09. Retrieved 2022-01-11.