The Olympic Identity Card is an important political document. It is given to all members of the Olympic Family, i.e., athletes, officials, International Olympic Committee (IOC) members and delegates, National Olympic Committee (NOC) members and delegates, and International Federation (IF) members and delegates. The importance of the Olympic Identity Card is that it establishes the identity of the holder and, with an appropriate national passport, is supposed to allow free passage into the country in which the host Olympic city is situated. Thus the card serves as, and supplants, a travel visa. Host cities are required agree to recognize the right of all members of the Olympic Family to enter the country of the host city, based on a valid passport and the Olympic Identity Card, and not require a further visa.