JOFTAA provided this useful information 8 years, 8 months ago:

Which Passport To Use While Traveling

You should also read info on getting a SOFA card. Look here.



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I have seen this question asked over and over and over on this and other websites.

The two types of passports are:

1. Travel
2. Official

Passport Colors:

Burgundy passport = Official
Blue w/SOFA agreement (a SOFA stamp on a page) = Official
Blue that you paid money for = Travel

The official passport is sometimes referred to as the "no fee passport" because the government pays for it on your behalf.

Your official passport is to be used for official travel only. If you are traveling with orders, this is the passport to use. There is no reason, other than traveling on orders, to use this passport.

If you are traveling for pleasure, use your travel passport
. DO NOT use your official passport while traveling for pleasure!

This is the answer. If anyone tells you differently, that person is incorrect.

Please read THIS and THIS. I am also attaching a copy of these articles in case the links ever die in the future. Scroll half way down the attached page to read the story.

The following information can also be found HERE.

If you want more info on passports, look HERE. The site clearly says the no fee passports are for:

* You are traveling abroad for the U.S. Government

* You are the dependent of someone traveling abroad for the U.S. Government

* You are exempt by law from payment of the passport fee

* You have a letter from the American Battle Monuments Commission stating that you are traveling overseas in honor of a deceased family member in the U.S. Armed Forces

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8 years, 8 months ago

Just for clarification:

You will either have a Burgundy OFFICIAL PASSPORT, or a Blue OFFICIAL PASSPORT. I do not know the difference or who gets which. I know that myself and my family have Burgundy which has the SOFA stamp in it. We all also have the Blue Tourist passport.

Hope that this helps.

-Lee-

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8 years ago

Great information above!

I just want to add that DoD Employees (Active Duty and Civilians) are required to consult with the DoD Electronic Foreign Clearance Guide (requires .mil/gov computer to access) prior to traveling to any country outside the US.

The above provides country specific information along with entry requirements (passport/visa/orders) and any DoD Clearance requirements (permissions) that are requirement prior to entry.

For example, to enter many NATO countries on leave - Active Duty members only require a copy of their PCS orders (or Military ID Card) along with leave paperwork (a passport is not required).

8 years ago

Quote by DcCow:
Great information above!

I just want to add that DoD Employees (Active Duty and Civilians) are required to consult with the DoD Electronic Foreign Clearance Guide (requires .mil/gov computer to access) prior to traveling to any country outside the US.

The above provides country specific information along with entry requirements (passport/visa/orders) and any DoD Clearance requirements (permissions) that are requirement prior to entry.

For example, to enter many NATO countries on leave - Active Duty members only require a copy of their PCS orders (or Military ID Card) along with leave paperwork (a passport is not required).


Just to clarify. Are you saying, for example, that if we, while in Germany, want to travel to France, we are supposed to use that web site? If so, I am amazed that until just now, I have never heard of such a thing.

8 years ago

Quote by JOFTAA:
Just to clarify. Are you saying, for example, that if we, while in Germany, want to travel to France, we are supposed to use that web site? If so, I am amazed that until just now, I have never heard of such a thing.


Your wife, as an employees of the Department of Defense is required to consult and abide by requirements in the DOD Foreign Clearance Guide.

While there is really no issues for traveling to France, it will tell you what documents are required for travel in both an official and non-official capacity.

Travel to some countries requires specific permission or notification to either DoD or the various Theater commands. It will also list any countries that employees may be restricted from traveling too.

8 years ago

Quote by DcCow:
Your wife, as an employees of the Department of Defense is required to consult and abide by requirements in the DOD Foreign Clearance Guide.

While there is really no issues for traveling to France, it will tell you what documents are required for travel in both an official and non-official capacity.

Travel to some countries requires specific permission or notification to either DoD or the various Theater commands. It will also list any countries that employees may be restricted from traveling too.


Thank you. It sure would be nice to be able to access the info without a magic CAC or .mil email address.

Just curious, what would be required if I wanted to go to Dubai for spring break?

8 years ago

Quote by JOFTAA:
Thank you. It sure would be nice to be able to access the info without a magic CAC or .mil email address.

Just curious, what would be required if I wanted to go to Dubai for spring break?


Your wife can check it at work. The information is for official use only, that is why it is not available except via a more secure means.

8 years ago

Quote by DcCow:
Your wife can check it at work. The information is for official use only, that is why it is not available except via a more secure means.


Also, I learned something new today. A friend of mine told me that I needed to get a blue SOFA card to travel with to carry with my travel passport. If all you have is a travel passport, then you should get the blue SOFA card. Even though your official passport has the SOFA stamp, since you are not supposed to be using the official passport for pleasure travel, this is where the blue SOFA card comes into play. Simply carry your travel passport along with your SOFA card.

In order to get the blue SOFA card, you need to have the following:

1. A copy of your orders
2. A filled out AA Form 600-77A (Request for Issuance of Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) Identification
3. A passport for each person who is to receive the blue SOFA card
4. Your ID card

You can get your blue SOFA card at Kleber, building 3245. Call for hours. 0631-411-8892/7659

I was told that the best time to go is at 14:30 because it is less crowded.

More info can be found here.

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