(CNN) — Chances are you only have one passport — maybe two if you have dual nationality.
But find yourself in a particular job — diplomatic, investigative or even presidential — and you may get your mitts on documentation that’s altogether inaccessible to the hoi polloi.
Here are some of the nonstandard passports and passes out there.
What is it? Diplomatic passports are issued to government diplomats and consuls stationed abroad.
So, for instance, the United States chargé d’affaires in France, Brian Aggeler, will hold a diplomatic passport, as will the French Ambassador to the United States, Philippe Étienne.
What else? In the UK, there’s a very special type of diplomatic passport, marked with the stamp of the Queen’s Messenger Service (QMS).
Presidential and prime ministerial passports
Perks of the job: US President Joe Biden doesn’t have to pay for his pasport.
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What are the benefits? Again, it’s tricky to be precise.
When we asked the UK Home Office what Boris Johnson’s passport perks might entail, it told us: “We don’t comment on individual cases.”
At least the guilty party had their own identity protected; a press release from Australia’s Immigration Department read: “[Redacted] failed to check that the autofill function in Microsoft Outlook had entered the correct person’s details into the email ‘To’ field.” Oops.
What are the benefits? On paper, these passports don’t offer any particular special benefits. As the government of Canada explains: “The official passport is not designed to give any advantages to the bearer.”
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 fitted with high-tech integrated circuits containing personal information such as fingerprints, and a photo identical to that printed on the document itself.
What are the benefits? The travel documents came into being after the 79th Interpol General Assembly in 2010. Chasing criminals across the world isn’t an easy gig, and the Interpol Travel Document was designed to slash bureaucratic red tape by waiving various visa requirements and speeding up the pursuer’s plight.
Anything else? Although we know Interpol has around 1,000 employees, it’s not clear how many have an Interpol Travel Document to hand.
United Nations Laissez-Passer (UNLP)
The UN’s blue “‘Laissez-Passer” travel document.
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What is it? Members of the United Nations (UN), International Labour Organization, World Health Organization and various 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 one (for higher ranking members).
What are the benefits? The UN states that holders of the red UNLP may well be “accorded diplomatic privileges and immunities and diplomatic facilities when traveling on the business of the United Nations.”
In some countries, that includes a visa waiver. Unlike many of the other passports on this list, the UNLP doesn’t officially replace a national passport, but complements it. Instructs the UN: “Both documents should always be… carried together when on official travel.”
Anything else? The phrase “laissez-passer” translates along the lines of “let pass.” The term may have been in use soon after the Safe Conducts Act 1414, in which Henry V made it a high treason for an international counterpart to break a promise of allowing someone to travel freely through their country.
When you’re not required to carry a passport at all
No passport required if you’re Queen Elizabeth ll, seen here arriving in Fiji during her Silver Jubilee Tour of the South Pacific in 1977.
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Although most members of royal families still require a passport for traveling, reigning monarchs can be exempt.
What about the Pope?
As sovereign of Vatican City, the Pope has a special Holy See passport.