The same question related to Queen Elizabeth II has been asked and answered on this site: The Queen does not require a passport to travel internationally.

I am interested in learning whether this is also true of a US president who is in office at that time.

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Yes, the President of the United States has a passport, according to the Washington Post.

However, it is not the kind of ordinary passport that most Americans would get, but rather, it is a Diplomatic Passport.

  • While it is true that he has a passport I don't think it ever gets checked when he travels internationally.
    – Joe W
    Apr 21, 2021 at 21:21
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    There is a difference between unlikelihood of being checked and not having to carry papers.
    – o.m.
    Apr 22, 2021 at 3:44
  • Possibly relevant link on political passports: google.com/… Apr 22, 2021 at 14:09
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    @o.m. there's also a difference between having a passport and having to have a passport. If the US (or any country really) chose to adopt a similar position to that of the UK and declare that the head of state did not require and was not to be issued a passport, no country that wished to receive an official visit from that head of state would let the lack of a passport get in the way.
    – phoog
    Apr 26, 2021 at 3:55

Does a sitting US president require a passport to travel internationally?

The other answer is correct to say that the president has a passport, and in fact the president probably has at least two because he would retain his ordinary passport when the diplomatic passport was issued. But the question is whether the president requires a passport to travel internationally, and the answer to that is no. Any country that wants to receive the US president, or any other head of state, will do that whether the person has a passport or not.

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