East German passports were still valid after Germany’s reunification

East German passports were still valid after Germany’s reunification. Yes, you are reading correctly – East German (GDR) passports were still valid…

even when the German Democratic Republic of Germany became obsolete on 3 Oct 1990! That sounds strange and I believe there was no other case like that when it comes to passports. But the reason was simple. These “extension” was based on the German reunification contract as it was impossible to issue for millions of new German citizens new documents in such a dynamic time. I am lucky to have two such examples in my archive. One has stamps from Tunisia (1994) and Malta (1995) and the other one has several Hungary stamps from 1993. I just imagine how surprised the border control staff must have been surprised.

GDR passport

Example of a GDR passport where the bearer taped the news article in the passport.

East Germany, officially the German Democratic Republic (GDRGermanDeutsche Demokratische Republik pronounced [ˈdɔʏtʃə demoˈkʀaːtɪʃə ʀepuˈbliːk]DDR), was a communist state[3][4] in centralwestern Europe, during the Cold War period. It described itself as a socialist “workers’ and peasants’ state.”[4] From 1949 to 1990, it administered the portion of Germany that had been occupied by Soviet forces at the end of World War II—the Soviet Occupation Zone of the Potsdam Agreement, bounded on the east by the Oder–Neisse line. The Soviet zone surrounded West Berlin, but did not include it; as a result, West Berlin remained outside the jurisdiction of the GDR.

East German passports were still valid after Germany’s reunification

2 comments for “East German passports were still valid after Germany’s reunification

  1. 25 June, 2012 at 11:56

    Do you have more details, Gil? Thanks for sharing.

  2. 23 June, 2012 at 17:51

    Very good remark. Thank you for your comment.

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