East German Passport issued in 1989 with visa from 1995

East German Passport issued in 1989 with visa from 1995

The German Democratic Republic (GDR) is already history since 28 years but one still can find most interesting documents from this time. Here is one. A GDR passport with a visa from 1995! You might ask yourself how is this possible, as the reunification was already in 1990. Well, let me explain this to you a bit later. Let’s have a look at the document first.

The passport was issued in the city of Erfurt on 26 Oct 1989, just two weeks before the fall of the wall on 9 November. Page 9 shows a visa for a single trip to West Germany, issued 30 Oct and valid from 31 Oct to 10 Nov 1989. On 14th Nov the passport holder applied for a visa (for West Germany) valid till 13th May 1990, see page 11. Page 26 shows a Egypt entry and revenues from 1990. Page 48 some Arabic stamp from 1992 and finally the latest visa I’ve ever seen in A GDR passport on page 13 for Cyprus, issued on 3 March 1995 for entry and 10 March 1995 for exit.

I always wonder how Immigration officers must have been looked at such a passport. The reunification was in October 1990 and this man shows up in Larnaca, Cyprus with his East German (GDR) passport 4,5 years later. That’s awesome!

Why he still could travel on a passport of a state which did not longer excised? The answer is in the unification treaty which had a clause saying that GDR passports remain valid latest till 31 December 1995. This fact is commonly rather unknown. I would love to see a official document where Federal Germany informed the world about this rule, as it must have been communicated of course.

However, this document is a fantastic piece of German passport history.

 

  • East German Passport issued in 1989 with visa from 1995

 

East German Passport issued in 1989 with visa from 1995

 

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1 comment for “East German Passport issued in 1989 with visa from 1995

  1. Martin
    6 August, 2018 at 14:26

    thanks for all the info. Almost the latest possible issue

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