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PASSPORT. A passport is an official document issued by the Foreign Office vouching for the respectability of the person named therein, and which is used by that person when travelling in foreign countries.

The Foreign Office issues the following regulations respecting passports : 1. Applications for Foreign Office pass ports must be made in the form printed on the back of these regulations, and inclosed in a cover addressed to " The Passport Department, Foreign Office, London, S.W." They must reach the Foreign Office before 5 p.m. on the day prior to that on which the passport is to be issued.

2. The charge for a passport, whatever number of persons may be named in it, is 2s. Passports are issued at the Foreign Office, between the hours of 11 and 4 on the day following that on which the application for the passport has been received, except on Sundays and Public Holidays, when the Passport Office is closed. If the applicant does not reside in London, the passport may be sent by post, and a postal order for 2s. should in that case accompany the applica tion. Postage stamps will not be received in payment.

3. Foreign Office passports arc granted— (1) To natural-born British subjects, viz. persons born within His Majesty's Dominions, and to persons born abroad who derive British nationality from a father or paternal grandfather born within His Majesty's Dominions, and who, under the provisions of the Acts 4 George II, c. 21, and 13 George III, c. 21 are to be adjudged and taken to be natural born British subjects.

(2) To the wives and widows of such persons ; and (3) To persons naturalised in the United Kingdom, in the British Colonies, or in India.

A married woman is deemed to be a sub ject of the State of which her husband is for the time being a subject.

4. Passports are granted to such persons as are known to the Secretary of State, or recommended to him by some person who is known to him : or— (1) In the case of natural-born British subjects and persons naturalised in the United Kingdom, upon the production of a declaration by the applicant in the form printed at the back of these regulations, verified by a declaration made by any banking firm established in the United Kingdom, or by any mayor, magistrate, justice of the peace, minister of religion, bar rister-at-law, physician, surgeon, solicitor, or notary, resident in the United Kingdom. The applicant's certificate of birth may also be required in certain cases.

(2) In the case of children under the age of 14 years requiring a separate passport, upon production of a declaration made by the child's parent or guardian, in a Form (B), to be obtained upon application to the Foreign Office.

(3) In the case of persons naturalised in any of the upon production of a letter of recom mendation from the Colonial Office ; and in the case of natives of British India, and persons naturalised therein, upon pro duction of a letter of recommenda tion from the India Office.

5. If the applicant for a passport be a naturalised British subject, the certificate of naturalisation must be forwarded to the Foreign Office with the declaration or letter of recommendation. Naturalised British subjects, if resident in London or in the suburbs, must apply personally for their passports at the Foreign Office : if resident in the country, the passport will be sent, and the certificate of naturalisation returned, to the person who may have verified the declara tion, for delivery to the applicant.

Naturalised British subjects will be de scribed as such in their passports, which will be issued subject to the necessary qualifica tions.

6. Foreign Office passports are not avail able beyond five years from the date of issue. Fresh passports must, then be obtained.

7. A passport cannot be issued by the Foreign Office, or by an agent at an outport, on behalf of a person already abroad ; such person should apply for one to the nearest British Mission or Consulate.

S. Travellers who intend to visit the Rus sian Empire, the Turkish Dominions, the Kingdom of Roumania, Persia, Colombia, Venezuela, Hayti, or Eritrea, in the course of their travels, must not leave the United Kingdom without having had their passports vises either at the Russian Consulate-General, 17, Great 'Winchester Street, E.C. ; the Consulate-General of the Sublime Porte, 140, Leadenhall Street, E.C. ; the Roumanian Consulate-General, 6, Moorgate Street, E.C. ; the Persian Consulate-General, 122, Victoria Street, S.W. ; the Colombian Con sulate-General, 6, Holborn Viaduct, E.C. ; the Venezuelan Consulate, Finsbury Pave ment House, Finsbury Pavement, E.C. ; the Haytian Consulate, 32, Fenchurch Street, E.C. ; or the Italian Consulate-General (for Eritrea), 44, Finsbury Square, E.C., respec tively, or at one of the other Consulates of those States in the United Kingdom. Travellers about to proceed to any other country need not obtain the visa of the diplomatic or consular agents of such country.

N.B.—A statement of the requirements of foreign countries with regard to passports may be obtained upon application to " The Passport Department, Foreign Office, London, S.W." A specimen signature of the applicant is affixed to the passport when issued.

Recommendation s from banking firms should bear the printed stamp of the bank.

The stamp duty upon a passport is six pence.

To vise a passport is to have it examined and indorsed by a proper authority, as where an intending traveller in Russia or Turkey has it indorsed at the Russian or Turkish Consulate in London.

A passport is in the following form :—