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Jorji Costava is a male entrant who appears several times and attempts to cross the border claiming that he has "business"[3] in Arstotzka.

Jorji in the short film adaptation.

Jorji also briefly appears in the official short film adaptation.


Jorji first appears on day 3 without a passport claiming that "Arstotzka so great, passport not required" and leaves on his own when interrogated.

The fake passport Jorji presents on day 4.

The next few days, Jorji will continue to try and enter with incorrect documents. First, he has a clearly faked passport on day 4. On day 6, he has managed to get a valid passport, but does not carry an entry permit. When he shows up on day 8, he still does not have an entry permit, and, instead, presents an entry ticket, which were only valid on day 3. Even if the inspector denies Jorji entry or has him detained, he maintains a positive attitude and sympathizes with the inspector's difficult job. Jorji finally shows up with all required documents on day 11, this time clear for entry. Allowing him to enter on day 11, or at any point earlier, will unlock the Obristan token and a related achievement. It is impossible to unlock the token if he is denied every time on days 4, 6, 8, and 11 (denying him on day 11 would lead to a citation, since he genuinely did bring every required document).

Jorji appears again on day 19, this time with contraband. Even if he is detained at this point, he shows up again on day 22 and tries to pull off the same trick. His weight does not match his documents, as he is trying to smuggle drugs across the border. This time, he offers 10 credits for a green stamp.

Jorji is persistent and appears once again on day 24. He has correct papers, but his face is on the wanted list. If detained, he says that it is not a problem since most police officers already know him and he just has to "have little talk with them again."

As usual, detaining Jorji does not hold him back for long. On day 29, after things are starting to look bad for Arstotzkans, Jorji shows up and tells the inspector about an opportunity to escape to Obristan. He hands out contact information of a person who can forge passports for the inspector and his family, assuming the inspector has enough money and Obri passports. Jorji helps the inspector to get started by giving him his own passport, which the inspector cannot refuse. Jorji walks away saying that he can easily get another. This is the only point in the game when the inspector cannot avoid receiving a citation.

Jorji's final appearance is on day 31. He shows up just to tell the inspector that he recently "make big score." He then gives the inspector 40 credits as a thank you for helping him and walks away. This happens even if the inspector has not helped Jorji at all.

Jorji also appears in the latest beta version of Papers, Please. In the script file for that version, his reference ID is MR_PERSISTENT.


Jorji's country of origin is never confirmed. Although he presents valid Obri documents issued in the city of Skal seven times, on day 29, he reveals his connection to a counterfeiter who is specialized in Obri passports. Another point of suspicion is that the birth day and month in his documents (aside from his fake passport) constantly vary; they are always the current in-game date. His passports also have nine digits (GCD7-FMBAR), while all valid passports in the game have ten digits. He does call Obristan a "good place" on day 29 and even recommends it as a new home for the inspector and his family when "things getting little crazy in Arstotzka."[4]


If approved on any day prior to day 19, Jorji will not show up again until then. If approved on or before day 11, he will always deliver the same dialogue when approved and will give the Obristan token. For this reason, his response when approved is not located under a specific day, but under the section labeled "If not approved earlier".

Day 3[]

THIS ENTRANT HAS NO DOCUMENTS To proceed, use INSPECT mode to interrogate. Review page of today's bulletin for instructions.

The note given if the shutter is closed before Jorji Costava has been interrogated.


  • Ok! Here we go!
  • Glory to Arstotzka!
  • The greatest country!
  • [If the inspector closes the shutter before interrogating Jorji, a note prints out saying, "THIS ENTRANT HAS NO DOCUMENTS To proceed, use INSPECT mode to interrogate. Review page 2 of today's bulletin for instructions."]

Upon interrogation:

  • [Inspector] [one of the following]
    • Where is your passport?
    • A passport is required.
  • Passport!
  • Arstotzka so great, passport not required.
  • Right?
  • [Inspector] A passport is required.
  • Ok, ok. I hear you.
  • I come back again.

Day 4[]


  • Ok! Hello again! [Jorji gives a fake passport]
  • Now I have passport!
  • Arstotzka still best country for sure!

Upon interrogation about the fake passport:

  • [Inspector] This passport is crude fake.
  • Hey now! Is not true!
  • Is pre-approved!

Upon interrogation about missing entry permit:

  • [Inspector] [One of the following]
    • Where is your entry permit?
    • You have no entry permit.
    • Your entry permit is missing.
  • Arstotzka still best country for sure!

If denied:

  • [Inspector] Cobrastan is not a real country.
  • Ok, ok.
  • You no like passport, I understand.
  • I come back again with better one.

If approved:

  • [Jorji delivers the dialog in the If Approved section below]
  • [The Inspector receives a citation stating "Cobrastan is not a real country", "Missing Passport" and "Missing Entry Permit."]

Day 6[]


  • Old friend hello! [Jorji provides an Obristani passport but no entry permit]
  • I am back again!
  • This time everything set.

Upon Interrogation:

  • [Inspector] You are missing an entry permit.
  • Oh man you funny guy!

If denied:

  • [Inspector] An entry permit is required.
  • Wow, you run very strict border here.
  • That is good. Do job right.
  • I look for entry thing and come back.

If approved:

  • You the best!
  • Arstotzka the best!
  • Here, take this.
  • [The inspector receives the Obristan token.]
  • [The inspector receives a citation stating that Jorji was "Missing entry permit."]

Day 8[]


  • Hey it is me! [Jorji provides an Obri passport and an entry ticket]
  • Are you happy to see?
  • I have everything you ask for now.

Upon Interrogation:

  • [Inspector] Tickets are no longer accepted.
  • Hey no!
  • Guy sold me ticket! Say is good!
  • You check again maybe.

If denied:

  • [Inspector] Do not come back again.
  • Haha!
  • You nice guy but I have business in Arstotzka.
  • I get right papers and come see you.

If approved:

  • [Jorji delivers the dialog in the 'If approved' section below]
  • [The inspector receives a citation stating that Jorji was "Missing entry permit."]

Day 11[]


  • Hello my guy! [Jorji gives a passport and entry permit]
  • Ok. Today is day!
  • Look at all good papers.
  • Was not easy.
  • Or cheap! Haha!

If denied:

  • [Inspector] I told you not to come back.
  • This is crap.
  • You know what? Forget it.
  • Arstotzka worst country.
  • You worst person.
  • [The inspector receives a citation stating "Applicant cleared for entry."]

If approved:

  • Thank you so much!
  • If I am honest to you, I was little nervous.
  • Even with right papers is hard to say.
  • Ok bye!

If not approved earlier:

  • All right! You the best!
  • Arstotzka the best!
  • Here, take this!
  • [Jorji gives the Obristan token then leaves]
  • [Jorji will not appear again until day 19]

Day 19[]


  • Again I am here! [Jorji gives all documents and an invalid ID supplement]
  • Everything all set up now.
  • I come through often to see you.
  • We become good friends!

If denied before second interrogation:

  • Hey what is problem?
  • [Inspector] I do not trust you.
  • Ok, ok.
  • You good guy so I win trust next time.

If approved before second interrogation:

  • Ok!
  • We go full speed!
  • [The inspector receives citation stating "ID Supplement: Invalid Weight. Possible smuggler admitted."]

Upon interrogation:

  • [Inspector] Your weight is different.
  • Is sad story.
  • My wife very bad cook.
  • But if I do not eat, she get angry.

Upon search:

  • [Inspector] Face the scanner.
  • Uh oh, maybe you not like this!

Upon second interrogation:

  • [Inspector] What is this?
  • Is drugs!
  • I have little side business here.
  • You let me through and I give you something something.
  • [Inspector] Something what?
  • Ten credits.
  • I give you ten credits for just little stamp.

If approved after interrogation:

  • Ok!
  • We go full speed!
  • [Jorji passes 10 credits]
  • [The inspector receives citation stating "ID Supplement: Invalid Weight. Possible smuggler admitted."]

If denied:

  • Is ok, I understand.
  • Drugs are bad. Not good for kids.

If detained:

  • [Inspector] Wait here, Jorji.
  • Is ok, I understand.
  • Drugs are bad. Not good for kids.
  • You do great work here still.

Day 22[]

Introduction (if detained on day 19):

  • Phew! [Jorji provides all documents and invalid ID supplement]
  • Was tough one. Lucky for me, guard was easy.
  • He asks for big money but is reasonable man.

Introduction (if denied on day 19):

  • Ok, We try again!
  • Sorry to bother you, but this my only job.

Introduction (if approved on day 19):

  • Ok, I am back!
  • Same procedure!

Upon interrogation:

  • [Inspector] I see a difference here.
  • Is real mystery for sure.

Upon search:

  • [Inspector] Face the scanner.
  • Maybe things get too sexy in here.

Upon second interrogation:

  • [Inspector] Drugs?
  • Looks like good stuff right?
  • [as the detain button drops down] Wait! I give you ten credits for ok stamp!
  • Think about family!
  • They can buy many happy things with these credits.
  • Just for little harmless drugs!

If detained (if also detained on day 19):

  • Oh man, again!
  • That guard have another good day.
  • Not sure I keep this up with no sales!

If approved (and was approved on day 19):

  • They told me this hard business.
  • So far everything smooth like ice!
  • Thanks to you!
  • [Jorji gives the inspector 10 credits if interrogated and approved on day 19]
  • Buy something happy for wife.

If approved after interrogation (and was detained or denied on day 19):

  • This much better, see?
  • [Jorji gives the inspector 10 credits]
  • Buy something happy for wife.

If denied:

  • Wow, you really stand-up guy.
  • Maybe is not so good for me when I think about.

If detained (but was approved on day 19):

  • [Inspector] Wait here, Jorji.
  • Is ok, I understand.
  • Drugs are bad. Not good for kids.
  • You do great work here still.

Day 24[]


  • Is good to see you again!
  • Today I come just for short visit.
  • Everything is definitely ok with me.
  • For sure I am not in criminal bulletin or anything!

Upon interrogation:

  • [Inspector] Your face is in wanted bulletin.
  • What! I pay police like crazy!
  • They promise no bulletin. All clear they say.
  • I think twice about trusting friendly people.

If approved:

  • Hey I really like you.
  • I know is risky to help me like this.
  • I try to make it up for you.
  • [Inspector receives a citation stating "Wanted criminal admitted".]

If denied:

  • Ah, is ok.
  • At least you do not arrest me.
  • Thanks anyways.

Upon detainment:

  • [Inspector] Sorry Jorji.
  • Ah, is ok. Most police know me now.
  • I have little talk with them again.
  • Anyway, you have tough job.
  • I rather sell drugs!

Day 29[]


  • I read newspaper.
  • [Inspector] Hello Jorji.
  • Things getting little crazy in Arstotzka.
  • Maybe you think about going away for a bit.
  • Obristan is good place.
  • Right next door up north.
  • [Inspector] Our passports have been confiscated.
  • [Inspector] We cannot leave.
  • Hey that not good sign.
  • Hold on.
  • I know a guy.
  • [Jorji gives the inspector a counterfeiter flyer]
  • Just give him real passports to work with.
  • He changes info to match for you.
  • I learn that in hard way.

If approved:

  • Thanks again!

If denied:

  • Bah! Maybe you right.
  • Better to take little break.

Regardless of choice, if passport has not already been confiscated:

  • Hey you know what.
  • Take my passport.
  • I get another one no problem.
  • Now memorize flyer and give back if you finish reading.
  • Do not want to get in trouble!

If his passport is confiscated: Note: He will first react to the stamp on the passport seizure slip as listed above and then say the following:

  • Hey what the hell?
  • You take my passport!
  • You can see it was expensive!
  • [Inspector] You said I need real Obristan passports.
  • Man. Fine.
  • I get another but little unhappy about it.
  • Memorize flyer and give back.

When he gets the flyer back:

  • Obristan really great this time of year.
  • Lots of snow.
  • Not sure where you get more passports for family.
  • But you smart guy.
  • Probably figure it out!
  • Good luck.
  • [Inspector receives a citation stating "Unauthorized passport confiscation"]

Day 31[]


  • Ho boy! I make big score!
  • Huge! You have no idea!
  • Anyway. I just want to say thank you.
  • I wait in line just for that!
  • Maybe I quit now.
  • Haha!
  • [Jorji gives the inspector 40 credits and walks away]


  1. 1933 is Jorji's year of birth in all other documents he presents except for the fake passport.
  2. The fake passport lists 1923 as Jorji's year of birth.
  3. On day 8, he does not specify what the nature of his business is. On day 19, if his contraband is discovered, he calls drugs as his little side business.
  4. This refers to the mass confiscation of passports from Arstotzkan citizens.