Maybe you have the most powerful passport in the world, or maybe you are carrying the rarest passport. In any case, your passport may be one of four colors: blue, green, red or black. What gives?
Although there are no official regulations on passport colors, countries do follow a specific set of specifications when designing passports. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is committed to defining the principles of air travel and recommends that countries use specific fonts and font sizes for official documents such as passports.
We decided to find out the basis for this choice and share the information with you. If long lines at the airport make you bored, please remember this article.
Read the very important information you need to know about passports. Especially don’t miss the last paragraph, it refers to the new british passport.
Red : a pigmented story
This is the most common color. Passports with a red cover are usually chosen by countries with historical or current communist systems. Citizens of Slovenia, Russia, China, Serbia, Romania, Latvia, Georgia and Poland have red passports. In addition to Croatia, European Union member states also use Burgundy and other red shaded passports. Countries interested in joining the European Union, such as Turkey, Macedonia and Albania, changed their passport color to red a few years ago. The Andean Community-Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru-also have Burgundian passports.
Blue : The color of the new world
This is the next most common color. The blue cover symbolizes the « new world ». 15 Caribbean countries have blue passports. In South American countries, the blue passport cover symbolizes the connection with the Southern Common Market (union). These include Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Venezuela is an exception: it also belongs to a trade union, but its citizens have red passports. It was not until 1976 that the passports of American citizens were changed to blue.
Green : The color of faith
Most Muslim countries have green passports. Examples include Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Green is considered to be the favorite color of Muslims and is a symbol of nature and life. Citizens of several West African countries/regions, such as Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Niger, Côte d’Ivoire, and Senegal, also have various green travel documents. In this case, the colors indicate that they belong to ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States).
Black : A worldwide rarity
The rarest passport is the passport with a black cover. These can be found among the citizens of some African countries-Botswana, Zambia, Burundi, Gabon, Angola, Chad, Congo, Malawi, etc. New Zealand citizens also have a black passport cover because black is the national color of the country.
The map below is drawn according to the passport color of each country.
Finally, what about the new british passport ?
The introduction of the new passport will restore Britain to its traditional blue cover design. As early as 1988, Burgundy, like most other EU member states, adopted Burgundy wine, which has fallen back.
After the country decided to withdraw from the European Union, some politicians and media departments questioned the award of contracts. However, the Ministry of the Interior confirmed that the procurement process in strict accordance with EU regulations has brought the best value and high-quality solutions to the country.
The origins of a British icon
Britain’s iconic blue design can be traced back to the first set of international standards established for passports
In 1920, the League of Nations (actually the predecessor of the present United Nations) organized the Paris Conference on Passports, Customs Procedures and Passes, and determined the format and information of internationally recognized passports.