East German (GDR) 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 German (GDR) passports were still valid after Germany’s reunification

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