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Did You Know What the Color of Passport Means

5 minutes read • March 27th, 2017
Did you know what the

color of passport

means and that all passports in the world are divided into only 4 colors or their shades?
It turns out that all passports in the world are predominantly red or blue! Only a few countries have green and black passports!
Let's talk about the passport color meaning!
We'd like to start with the more rare ones.
passport colors
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Black passports
Often passports have extremely dark shades of red or blue.
However, there are also purely black passports. People believe that they are not so easily stained and look more formal.
Black passports are owned by the inhabitants of Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Gabon, Zambia, Congo, Malawi and Chad.
In addition, New Zealanders also have black passports, since black is the national color of the country.
color of passport meaning
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Green passports
Often green is associated with the Muslim faith. Green was the favorite color of the Prophet Muhammad. Moreover, this color symbolizes nature and life.
Probably, for this reason, the Middle East countries (such as Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan) inhabitants have green passports.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), for example, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal, also have green passports.
color of passport meaning
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Red Passports
There is a version that communist countries use passports of red color. Although many countries have got beyond control of the former Soviet Union and Russia long ago, the color of passports has remained the same. Among them are China, Russia, Latvia, Poland, Georgia, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia.
Many EU countries (Northern Europe) have claret-colored or red passports. It happened historically, often since the Vikings and the Middle Ages times. Such countries include, for example, Germany, Switzerland, France, Norway, and others.
Some countries have changed their color to red. Perhaps to accelerate the accession to the EU membership: Turkey, Macedonia, Albania.
Some countries of South America also have red passports: Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, and Bolivia.
color of passport meaning

Blue Passports
The Mercosur countries have blue passports, among them are Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay.
Many countries in the Caribbean also have blue passports.
Often the blue color is determined by national colors or colors on the flag.
In Europe blue passports are issued in Belarus and Ukraine.
Many people mistakenly think that the blue color originated because of the US passports. In fact, the passports of the US citizens turned blue only in 1976, in honor of the 200th anniversary of Independence!
Before that, American passport color was green (until the 1930s), then claret-colored and, supposedly, even the black one.
color of passport meaning

In addition to these colors, there are rare exceptions for temporary passports, but in general, these colors persist.
Let's check the distribution of the passport colors in the world.
passport color by country
Passport color by country
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Now when standing in the check-in line, you can play the game and guess where your neighbor is from! ;)
Have a nice trip!

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