For those who are jet setters that have often thought it would be a great thing to have a passport that was accepted everywhere, this has only been a dream. In spite of the fact that in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration Of Human Rights it states in Article 13 Section 2 that every human being has the right of free travel to and from any country including his own home country, no nation on earth yet has fully recognized this fact. However, The World Service Authority has issued the world’s first world passport.
The World Passport is a representation of our inalienable right of freedom as human beings to travel Planet Earth. Therefore this passport is based upon basic human rights and the international law of the United Nations. This passport is a machine readable travel document that has all the modern security features found in other nations’ passports.
It was first issued to Gary Davis in 1946, and has been accepted in over 150 nations around the world. Although it has been widely accepted in the past, it is only officially accepted by six nations. Those nations are Burkina Faso, Ecuador, Mauritania, Togo, Zambia, and Tanzania.
However traveling on the world passport has been sketchy at best. Gary Davis experienced being placed in jail several times because a country refused to recognize this passport. Although the passport looks a lot like a regular one, it’s different in that it is printed in seven languages (including Esperanto).
In spite of the sticky travel situation that can be caused with the world passport, it could be useful as a privacy tool for those seeking a second citizenship. It is an affordable option, because it only costs $45.00 for a three year version. Also an added benefit is that you do not have to give up your current national citizenship.
Today the World Service Authority serves refugees and stateless persons, by offering their passports free of charge. Anyone who becomes a World Service Authority Citizen is helping their fellow man by allowing them to be able to obtain a visa to a safer country. The World Service Authority offers legal assistance to refugees and stateless persons as well as its citizens at little or no cost in order to promote the freedom of travel.
Anyone desiring more information on the World Service Authority can visit their website to find more information. Their website is www.worldservice.org. It has information on their mission and the passport.
Daniel Engber, “What’s a World Passport?,” Slate
“The World Passport,” World Service Authority