GovWire

Detailed guide: North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Status of Forces Agreement: identification of status

Ministry Of Defence

April 8
14:33 2021

Whilst assigned to a NATO Member State, United Kingdom (GBR) Ministry of Defence personnel are entitled to the rights and subject to the obligations of the NATO Status of Forces Agreement, to which all NATO Member States are parties.

In accordance with Article 5.4.7 of EC C(2019) 7131 (Practical Handbook for Border Guards), the European Commission recognises in law those documents issued pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article III of the NATO Status of Forces Agreement between the Parties to the North Atlantic Treaty regarding the Status of their Force. The issue of a NATO Status of Forces Agreement Identification Card to a member of the Force, the Civilian Component or their Dependants is pursuant to Article III, together with the inclusion of a NATO Status of Forces Agreement Status Certificate (sometimes referred to as a Status Stamp) within the passport of the bearer.

The bearer of a NATO Status of a Forces Agreement Identification Card is a member of the Force, the Civilian Component or a Dependant of the NATO Sending State (GBR) as defined by Article I of the NATO Status of Forces Agreement. The bearer should be afforded the privileges accorded by Article III of the NATO Status of Forces Agreement in respect of passport and visa regulation and immigration inspection on entering or leaving a NATO Member State, and on the registration and control of Aliens.

An example of the NATO Status of Forces Agreement Identification Card is shown below.

Example of  a The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Status of Forces Agreement Identity card.

The bearer of these documents:

  • is a member of the Force, the Civilian Component or a Dependant of the NATO Sending State (GBR) as defined by Article I of the NATO Status of Forces Agreement

  • should be afforded the privileges accorded by Article III of the NATO Status of Forces Agreement in respect of passport and visa regulation and immigration inspection on entering or leaving a NATO Member State, and on the registration and control of Aliens.Pursuant to the NATO Status of Forces Agreement and by virtue of their living in the NATO Member State, the bearer of these documents is not subject to the restrictions that may be placed on other Third Country Nationals in respect of the time period of their stay within the European Union and should be treated accordingly.

Lost and found

If you have:

  • Lost an Identification card, contact your issuing authority
  • found an identification card, please hand it to your nearest police station or email GSO-GEO-J1-GrpMailbox@mod.gov.uk.

Translations: NATO Member State

Further translations of this page will be added in due course.

Published 10 March 2021
Last updated 8 April 2021 +show all updates
  1. Updated page contents and add image of an exemplar NATO Status of Forces Agreement identity card.

  2. Updated all page content to reflect most recent update.

  3. Updated all page content and added image of an exemplar NATO Identity Card.

  4. First published.

Related Articles

Comments

  1. We don't have any comments for this article yet. Why not join in and start a discussion.

Write a Comment

Your name:
Your email:
Comments:

Post my comment

Recent Comments

Follow Us on Twitter

Share This


Enjoyed this? Why not share it with others if you've found it useful by using one of the tools below: