Czechoslovak passport

The Czechoslovak passport was issued to citizens of Czechoslovakia for international travel. After Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the two countries started issuing their own passports.

Czechoslovak passport
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Front cover of a Czechoslovak passport issued in 1980
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Picture page of a Czechoslovak passport issued in 1980
TypePassport
Issued by Czechoslovakia
PurposeIdentification
EligibilityCzechoslovak citizenship

HistoryEdit

Czechoslovak passport holders were required to obtain an exit visa starting 23 February 1948. In the summer of 1948, the directive was temporarily suspended;[1]

In autumn 1951, however, the government mandated that all passports be confiscated, necessitating them to be sent to the Ministry for State Security in Prague. This move left thousands of Czechoslovaks around the world effectively stateless as their documents were confiscated by their local embassy/consulate-general. Thereon, passports were only issued to people who the Communist government saw fit to possess one. The Czechoslovak ambassador in the Soviet Union, Bohuslav Laštovička, protested the sudden change in policy.[2]

Travelling outside of the Eastern Bloc became a near-impossibility as Czechoslovak identity cards were only valid for travel inside the Iron Curtain and obtaining a passport through legitimate means was practically impossible. In 1963, however, Czechoslovak citizens were given authorization to visit relatives in the West, and subsequently, the 1965 Act No. 63 on Passports made for a more liberal passport issuance regime.[3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "A remarkable Czechoslovak diplomatic passport and its bearer´s destiny". Passport-collector.com. 2016-10-27. Retrieved 2017-11-14.
  2. ^ Polišenská, Milada (2015-12-10). Czechoslovak Diplomacy and the Gulag: Deportation of Czechoslovak Citizens to the USSR and the Negotiation for their Repatriation, 1945-1953. Central European University Press. ISBN 9789633860106.
  3. ^ Stolarik, M. Mark (2010). The Prague Spring and the Warsaw Pact Invasion of Czechoslovakia, 1968: Forty Years Later. Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers. ISBN 9780865167513.