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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

laissez-passer, laisser-passer

The spellings laissez-passer and laisser-passer are both hyphenated, whether the expression is used as an adjective or a noun. Laissez-passer and laisser-passer require italics in English.

  • Laissez-passer holders and their family members may apply for an official visa.
  • An employee of the United Nations may travel with a UN laisser-passer in place of a passport.