(CNN) — Chances are you only have one passport — maybe two if you have dual citizenship.
But if you’re in a certain job — diplomatic, detective, or even presidential — and you might have to deal with documentation that’s completely inaccessible to the hi polloi.
Here are some of the non-standard passports and passes out there.
What is it? Diplomatic passports are issued to government diplomats and consuls stationed abroad.
For example, the United States’ Chargé d’affaires in France, Brian Aggeler, will have a diplomatic passport, as will the French Ambassador to the United States, Philippe Étienne.
What else? In the UK there is a very special kind of diplomatic passport, marked with the stamp of the Queen’s Messenger Service (QMS).
Presidential and Prime Minister’s Passports
Job Benefits: US President Joe Biden does not have to pay for his passport.
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What are the advantages? Again, it’s hard to be precise.
When we asked the UK Home Office what the benefits of Boris Johnson’s passport might entail, they told us: “We do not comment on individual cases.”
At least the guilty party had protected its own identity; a press release from the Australian Immigration Service read: “[Redacted] could not verify that the autocomplete feature in Microsoft Outlook had entered the correct person’s information in the ‘To’ field of the email.” Oops.
What are the advantages? On paper, these passports offer no special benefits. As the Government of Canada explains, “The official passport is not designed to give the bearer any advantage.”
Interpol Travel Document
The Interpol passport was unveiled at the opening of the 79th session of the Interpol General Assembly in Doha on November 8, 2010.
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Both are equipped with high-tech integrated circuits containing personal information such as fingerprints and a photo identical to the one on the document itself.
What are the advantages? The travel documents came about after the 79th Interpol General Assembly in 2010. Chasing criminals around the world is not an easy task, and the Interpol travel document is designed to cut red tape by waiving various visa requirements and the accelerate the pursuer’s situation.
Something else? Although we know that Interpol has about 1,000 employees, it is not clear how many have an Interpol Travel Document on hand.
United Nations pass (UNLP)
The blue UN “Pass” travel document.
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What is it? Members of the United Nations (UN), the International Labor Organization, the World Health Organization and several other organizations can get their hands on this document, which was first launched in 1946 and went electronic in 2012.
There are two types of UNLP: the blue laissez-passer and the red (for higher-ranking members).
What are the advantages? The UN states that holders of the red UNLP may receive “diplomatic privileges and immunities and diplomatic facilities when traveling on United Nations business”.
In some countries, this includes a visa waiver. Unlike many of the other passports on this list, the UNLP does not officially replace a national passport, but complements it. Instructs the UN: “Both documents must always… be carried together on official journeys.”
Something else? The phrase “laissez-passer” translates along the lines of “pass late.” The term may have been in use shortly after the Safe Conducts Act 1414, in which Henry V made it high treason for an international counterpart to break a promise to allow someone to travel freely through their country.
When you don’t need to have a passport with you at all
No passport required if you’re Queen Elizabeth II, seen here on arrival in Fiji on her 1977 Silver Jubilee tour of the South Pacific.
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While most members of royal families still require a passport to travel, reigning monarchs may be exempt.
What about the Pope?
As sovereign of Vatican City, the Pope holds a special passport for the Holy See.