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Letters of Transit: Egyptian Passport Throughout the Years

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Letters of Transit: Egyptian Passport Throughout the Years

Inside a passport are stamps that tell stories of the past and empty pages that await an adventurous future. The letters of transit hold nationalities, identities, and a sense of belonging to its country’s origin.

As the history of Egypt bears distinct rulers, regimes, and faces, the Egyptian passport too, tells the story of Egypt.

The passport does not only provide proof of citizenship, but it also facilitates the process of securing assistance from Egyptian consular officials abroad.

The current Egyptian passport is valid for seven years when issued for adults; however, for students and those who need to complete their military conscription, it is often issued for a shorter period.

In 2008, the dark green 52-page booklet was renewed by the Egyptian government to a newer machine-readable passport in order to comply with international passport standards.

The Egyptian passport currently ranks in the 93rd place according to the Guide Passport Ranking Index.

Here are some pictures of the palm-sized booklet over the years.

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Farah Rafik is a graduate from the American University in Cairo (AUC) with a dual degree in Multimedia Journalism and Political Science. After being an active participant in Model United Nation (MUN) conferences both locally and internationally, Farah discovered her love for writing. When she isn’t writing about Arts & Culture for Egyptian Streets, she is busy watching films and shows to review. Writing isn’t completed without a coffee or an iced matcha latte in hand—that she regularly spills. She occasionally challenges herself in reading challenges on Goodreads, and can easily read a book a day.

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