The unnamed inspector is the main protagonist and player-character who works as an immigration inspector for the Ministry of Admission of Arstotzka.[1] He only appears in a family photo and as a silhouette at the beginning of most days when he walks to the booth.

Other border inspectors appear in the pre-release mini game, endings 16 and 18, and in the official short film adaption where one is played by Igor Savochkin. They should not be mistaken for the protagonist of the main game.

Inspector film

An inspector in the film adaption.

Price game

An inspector in the pre-release mini game.


The inspector is from a village called Nirsk[2] and at least his father still lives there[3] and his family will move back there if something happens to him.[4]

The inspector's name is drawn in the 1982 October labor lottery and he is assigned to work at the Grestin border checkpoint for 12 hours; from 6 to 6. A Class-8 apartment is given to him and his family.[5]

Eventually, the inspector may become an anti-government agent,[6] a loyal bureaucrat,[7] flee the country for snowier pastures,[8] get fired,[9] or get arrested and/or die.[10]


Main article: Family

At the end of each day, the inspector is expected to have enough credits to cover his entire family's needs, which include heat, food, and possibly medication if someone has fallen ill. His family consists of his mother-in-law, uncle, wife and son.

The inspector also has a sister, who is arrested on day 21 for an unknown reason. It is possible to adopt her daughter, but it will cost 40 credits. She will be added to the number of family members the inspector has to care for, but the day after she is adopted, she will bring her mother's savings with her, which will add 100 credits to the inspector's available cash.


  • He begins working at the checkpoint on November 23rd, 1982.
  • Unlike anyone else in his family, he does not get hungry, cold, or sick.
  • His son's birthday is December 11th.

    a obri inspector in the cutscene in ending 16 or 18

  • His information audit takes place on December 24th, 1982.
  • His prison cell number (if incarcerated) is 918533-6124 no matter what date or action he is imprisoned for.
  • If you listen carefully, you can hear the inspector breathe.
  • When calling for the next entrant, a sound effect for the Inspector plays. It's a pixelated version of a Russian Phrase "давай проход" or " Davay prokhod", which means "come on, go ahead"


See interrogation transcripts, articles for each day and character articles for additional lines. Every entrant is greeted with Papers, please.

When an Arstotzkan is approved:

When a foreigner is approved:

  • Cause no trouble.

When searching an entrant:

  • You have been selected for a random search.
followed by one of the following:
  • Face the scanner.
  • Turn towards the scanner.

When handing a passport seizure slip to an entrant:

  • [entrant], one of the following:
    • Where is my passport?
    • My passport?
    • Passport?
    • What is this slip? Where is passport?
  • It is being confiscated.
  • [entrant], one of the following:
    • How will I travel?
    • What should I do?
    • Why?
    • You cannot do this.
  • Contact number on slip.


  1. F.A.Q. section of Lukas Pope's official Papers, Please website. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  2. Conversation with Sergiu on day 17
  3. Conversation with an elderly woman on day 19
  4. Endings 1, 11, 12, 13, and 16.
  5. Intro cutscene
  6. Ending 19
  7. Ending 20
  8. Endings 16 or 18
  9. Ending 2
  10. Most of the endings

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