History of Passports

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The oldest known reference to the use of passports is in the Hebrew Bible. In Nehemiah 2: 7-9. In these verses, Nehemiah asks King Artaxerxes I for permission to leave Persia and travel to Judea. Artaxerxes gave Nehemiah a letter in 450 BC that requested that the governors of foreign lands should give him safe passage.

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