British Passport for the Mandate of Palestine



This 1919 Laissez-Passer was possibly the first form of an official passport or travel document issued by the British for the Palestine Mandate. The Laissez-passer was most probably used around 1919 to 1920, and it was the first official travel-document issued by the British authorities in liberated Palestine. This one here was used in the last year, 1920, because in 1921 the brown-covered civilian passports, or passports issued by the civilian-administration for Palestine (military government of Palestine lasted between 1918-1920), came out in 1921, first too as a laissez-passer then later as a British Passport. The governing body for Palestine between 1918 to 1920 was a military authority also known as the OET (Occupied Enemy Territory administration), as seen on the heading of this travel-document.


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