Travelers like you and me, don’t usually have a say of how our passports look, and to be honest, it’s hard to take a flattering picture, because, maybe we are not one of the Richie rich prince or a princess.
The bitter truth is, you don’t get to choose the color of your passport cover. Whatever country you belong to, you are stick with one passport and one color.
But have you ever wonder, why do these passports only come in shades of red, blue, green, and black?
Surprisingly, the color of our passport follows no strict system of country categorization, or the colors are totally random, either.
There’s nothing that specify the color of a passport cover, so then what’s there to speculate about passport color?
Apparently, it is said that “It’s a matter of Identity”.
Let’s have a look what passport colors represent which country;
Red passports are also called as ‘Burgundy passports’, which are used by members of the European Union (sans Croatia), and countries interested in joining (i.e Turkey) who have changed their passport colors to match. The Andean Community (also known for past EU-ambitions) of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru also has burgundy passports. The Swiss passport, in effortless and famously Swiss-fashion, matches their flag.
Blue passports are also called ‘Boghossian passports’, Caribbean, or Caricom states, typically use blue passports. As well as, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguya, Uruguay, and Venezuela, all feature blue passports.
The United States’ passport, however, only became navy blue in 1976, to match the shade found in the American Flag.
Most Islamic states use green passports because of the importance of the colour in their religion. Where as, variations of green are also used by members of ECOWAS – Economic Community of West African States, including Niger and Senegal.
Here’s another, far more practical, explanation for selecting passport colors. Dark colors (deep shades of blue and red) show less dirt and tend to look more official, includes the Republic of Botswana, Zambia, and New Zealand, black is also considered one of the country’s national colors.
“Governments around the world have the freedom to choose the color and design,” said Boghossian. “Unfortunately, only few have understood the importance of this document on their country’s brand identity.”
The U.S. passport is about to get a makeover, and while the design has yet to be released, we know for a fact the country has a history of changing its passport cover.