1822 Passport Issued by the Papal States during the Papacy of Pius VII

1822 Passport Issued by the Papal States during the Papacy of Pius VII

Passport Issued by the Papal States
Papacy of Pius VII (1800 – 1823)

Father Richard Kunst:

Passports are items that have ink stamps on them. Every country issues its own passports to indicate that somebody belongs to that particular country and is in good standing there, and, therefore, able to travel to other countries as well. And the Papal States were no different. The Papal States as a nation, up until 1870, had their own passports, and this item is a passport from the time of Pope Pius VII with a lot of different ink stamps on it indicating the amount of travel done by the holder.

Passports are a difficult item to obtain because a lot of auction houses will not actually sell passports because they are associated with someone’s identity.

Vatican City State issues passports today. Everyone who is made Cardinal is issued a passport as a citizen of the one remaining Papal State to make it easier to travel around Italy and Europe.

This particular passport was issued in 1822 during the last year of the papacy of Pius VII.  It is the earliest passport I have seen issued in the Papal States.  –Father Richard Kunst

  • Date April 26, 2024
  • Tags Documents, Pius VII