Sovereign Military Order of Malta passport

Sovereign Military Order of Malta passport
The front cover of a contemporary Sovereign Military Order of Malta diplomatic biometric passport
Issued by  Sovereign Military Order of Malta
Type of document Passport
Purpose Identification
Eligibility requirements Sovereign Military Order of Malta

The Sovereign Military Order of Malta passport is a travel document issued to officials and diplomats of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM). The order issues biometric passports which are fully ICAO9303 compliant.[1]

The application and printing processes are handled by the Österreichische Staatsdruckerei of Vienna, Austria.

The Sovereign Military Order of Malta issues two types of passports:
- Diplomatic passports
- Service passports

Diplomatic passports of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta are issued only to the members of the Sovereign Council (the government of the Order), to the Members of the Government Council and to heads and members of diplomatic missions of the Order (as well as their spouse and minor children), with justified exceptions for those who are in charge of a special missions within the Sovereign Order of Malta. The validity of the passport is strictly linked to the duration of the assignment. Currently 500 diplomatic passports are in use [2]. The numerous other members and volunteers of the Order remain citizens of their own respective countries with their national passport.[3]

Among those travelling with an Order of Malta diplomatic passport:

(i) The Grand Master (since May 2018 Fra' Giacomo dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto who also has an Italian passport).
(ii) The Grand Commander (since May 2014 Fra' Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein who also has an Austrian passport).
(iii) The Grand Chancellor (since May 2014 Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager (de) who also has a German passport).


Service passports of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta are issued only to people who are in charge of a special mission within the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. The validity of the passport is strictly linked to the duration of the assignment. Currently 10 service passports are in use.

Physical appearance

Passport covers carry the text Ordre Souverain Militaire de Malte above the coat of arms, and Passeport Diplomatique below it.[4] Diplomatic passports are red, whereas service passports are black.

The country-code XOM has been assigned by the ICAO after consultation with the SMOM and the machine-readable zone thus starts with P<XOM.

Acceptance

The SMOM has diplomatic relations with 107 countries,[5] which therefore accept the passport. In the Schengen area (where most of the extraterritorialities of the order are located) it is recognized by 12 (Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Hungary, Austria, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia) out of 28 members.[6]

See also

References

  1. The Order of Malta clarifies press reported figure on passports issued: currently 500 passports in circulation
  2. Sack, John (1959). Report from Practically Nowhere. Harper & Brothers. p. 140. ISBN 9780595089185.
  3. "Sovereign Military Order of Malta issues new e-passport". C. Haager (Keesing Journal of documents & identity). 2005. Retrieved 18 July 2010.
  4. The Order's official website lists them in this table Archived 2010-08-07 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  5. "Table of travel documents entitling the holder to cross the external borders and which may be endorsed with a visa". Council of the European Union. 17 June 2010. Archived from the original on 20 November 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
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