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1. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Has anyone (applied for and) been issued a Conch Republic passport from Key West, Florida? If so, have you tried using it in your travels - successfully or otherwise?

2. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

My passport is almost full, so maybe Conch is the way to go. I found the following link, but haven't been able to open it. Perhaps you'll have more success with it in the States, Isadora"

www.conchrepublic.com

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Thanks Wocca, that's the site where I read about the passport originally. The fee is $100US (or upwards of $2500 for diplomatic ones) and as the story goes, people have successfully used them all around the world. Most take their real passport along just in case, but I haven't read where anyone has been denied entry using the CR one. Immigrations from other parts of the world don't realize that the Conch Republic isn't a country. At most, they know it's an island off the coast of Florida and think it's part of the West Indies. Go fig!
I'm considering applying for one just because.

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Hmm, sounds both interesting and like a scam of some sort. I'd be keen to hear from someone who actually has one. Maybe we should make TP passports. I am sure we can buy a rock somewhere and start using it as a base ...

5. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I'd be interested in one too. Can you let me know if you can apply online?

6. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting Sam I Am

Hmm, sounds both interesting and like a scam of some sort. I'd be keen to hear from someone who actually has one. Maybe we should make TP passports. I am sure we can buy a rock somewhere and start using it as a base ...

I own a block of dirt in outback Western Australia, which could be used as a residential address.

7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Seriously, it would be funny to start a TP republic and start issuing passports, make it a tax paradise etc. etc.

I heard there's a rock somewhere in the channel which has a ton of businesses registered to it because it's tax free.... craziness

8. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

The Conch Republic established itself in 1982, when the Florida Keys seceded from the US over a US Border Patrol blockade set up north of the Keys - on the mainland. Designed to "root out" illegal immigrants, everyone traveling from the Keys to the mainland had to show proof of citizenship at the blockade. On the day of secession, the Conch Republic proclaimed itself independent of the US and demanded $1,000,000,000 in foreign aid. Secession only lasted one minute before the Mayor (who was also the appointed Prime Minister) surrendered. The point had been made and the blockade was removed.

Since that time, the Conch Republic has made quite a name for itself. Through an act of Congress, residents of the Keys hold dual citizenship as Americans and Conchs. The Official Passports were created as a way to increase recognition of the CR around the world. They have been used, and accepted, by Germany, Sweden, Cuba, Mexico, France, Ireland, Spain and Russia, not to mention several Caribbean nations.

Yes, and no to the apply online question, Wocca. You can print an application form from the website. I was incorrect about the amount - they increased the price since my last visit to the site. It is now $200 for US citizens and $218 for orders from outside. US funds only and international applications paid by Demand Draft or Intl. Money Order. Allow 6-8 wks delivery. Applicants must attach a Notarized Copy of their passport or other Official Identification from country of residence.

I can forward all the info about the application and instructions to you, if you can't access the site. It's really not a scam or joke. The money is used fund the Conch Republic Independence Celebration, which is held yearly. This year it's April 22 - May 1. Though I have never been, it's suppose to be great fun!

9. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Cool. Learn something new every day!

10. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

This reminds me of the story of Sealand, which is a sovereign Principality in 1967 in international waters, six miles off the eastern shores of Britain on an old WWII anti-aircraft platform.

Unfortunately, Sealand is currently not accepting applications for Visas to visit. It would be cool to get a "SEALAND" stamp in your passport. Though I would wonder if you would run into problems with other countries denying you entry because of the SEALAND stamp in your passport. (As certain Arabian Penn. countries do if you have an Israel stamp).

All that being said, if I go down to the keys, can I get a Conch Republic stamp in my passport?