The Palestinian Passport

The Palestinian Passport

People may ask what kind of passports Palestinians have since Palestine is not a state yet? Other questions on this subject revolve around the Palestinian diaspora, do they have passports or travel documents? This is a difficult subject with many questions to be answered.

Palestinians are considered in five different categories: those who live in the West Bank and Gaza Strip hold Palestinian passports, Palestinians who have permanent resident permits living in Jerusalem and those who apply for a temporary Jordanian passport, those who live in Israel as Israeli citizens hold an Israeli passports, Palestinians who live in Jordan and hold Jordanian citizenship with Jordanian passports, and finally Palestinians who live outside of Palestine in Lebanon, Egypt, Syria and Iraq hold travel documents.

What is a Palestinian Passport?

The legality of the Palestinian passport follows what was agreed upon at the Oslo accord in 1993. These passports were first issued in April of 1995 by the Palestinian Authority to facilitate Palestinian travel.  The Passport is valid for five years and Palestinians whom holding a Palestinian ID are eligible to attain it but also in some cases Palestinians outside Palestine might get it in some certain conditions since granting it is restrained by Israel. I am not able to understand what you are trying to say here, put the information into different sentences fact by fact, it is confusing all together

How many countries can Palestinians travel to?

Explain what an E-visa is

The Palestinian passport allows you to enter 38 countries most are African countries with E-visa, without visa or a visa on arrival as following:


  • Countries requiring E-Visas are: India, Antigua and Barbuda, Rwanda, Cambodia, Lesotho, Nigeria Qatar, Saint Kitts and Nevis São Tomé and Príncipe, Sri Lanka, Zambia, Benin, Gabon, Kyrgyzstan.



  • Countries Palestinians can enter without a visa are: Malaysia, Micronesia, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Venezuela, Bolivia, Dominica, Ecuador, Haiti, Indonesia, Jordan.



  • Countries in which Palestinians can get their visa upon arrival are: Iran, Samoa, Maldives, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nepal, Palau, Saint Lucia, Bangladesh, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Cape Verde, Comoros, Djibouti, Guinea-Bissau, Laos, Seychelles.

According to Passports global ranking, Palestinian passports are ranked 88th which is the same ranking as Arteria. This ranking is decided by how many countries the passport allows the holder to enter without a visa or with a visa on arrival.

How do Palestinians hold Jordanian Passports and Why?

In 1960 Jordan held the power of the West Bank. During this administration, many Palestinians received Jordanian nationality but for those who did not receive this they obtained a temporary Jordanian passport which made their travels easier, especially to those countries which do not accept a Palestinian passport and do not recognize the agreements of the Oslo accord.

How countries recognized the passport?

The Palestinian passport is considered as a passport to some countries and to others just a travel document.  This why on the cover of the passport written both “passport and travel document” while in Arabic is only written passport “جواز سفر”.