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PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS

ATTENTION: The DOD Foreign Clearance Guide (FCG) has been updated to EXTEND the deadline for mandatory Special Issuance Passports (SIP) from 30 Sep 21 to 31 Mar 22. DOD Civilians and family members of military can continue to use their blue tourist passport with the signed DoD Passport Agent Memo stating the SIP application was submitted prior to departure.  We highly encourage all currently assigned members in Korea to continue processing their SIP requests to meet the 31 Mar 22 deadline.

DoD Civilians and eligible family members on official travel must have either a Special Issuance Passport (SIP) or, as a temporary measure, a memorandum from a DoD Passport Agent stating the SIP application was submitted prior to departure from the point of origin. The memorandum must identify each applicant, date of submission, country of travel for PCS/TDY/TAD and DoD VPAS ID. For a limited time, boarding a flight while on official travel status with a Regular (blue tourist) Passport is permissible ONLY with such a memo, which is to be presented to boarding officials, upon request. NOTE: This temporary exception, i.e., allowing official travel on a Regular Passport with memorandum (in lieu of a SIP), will expire on 30 September 2021. Effective 01 October 2021, official travel must be conducted with a SIP.

For members PCSing out of Osan to Japan or Germany, the MPF passport agent is providing the SIP memo when members apply for their no-fee passport.  Command sponsored dependents or DoD civilians who are already at Osan who do not have a no-fee passport, please apply for a no-fee passport now.

All applicants must be present at time of processing. 

All passport application forms must be completed via the “Passport Wizard” at travel.state.gov, and printed singled sided.  

Do Not Use the PDF download forms and Do Not Sign the application form.

For DoD members already in Korea, submit all documents to the 51 FSS Passport Office or contact them for further information at:

Building 936 Rm 115

DSN (315) 784-6719 

M-F: 0730-1530

Special Issuance Passport Checklist

Korea Specific Requirements