Did you know that passports primarily have only four colors in the world? Also, each country has its own reasons for choosing one of the four colors for the cover of the passport. We thought of sharing with our audience the reason for it!
Red is the most common passport cover. Passports with red cover are often chosen by countries with a historical or current communist system. Citizens of Slovenia, China, Serbia, Russia, Latvia, Romania, Poland, and Georgia have red passports. Member countries of the European Union, except Croatia, also use passports of Burgundy and other shades of red. Countries interested in joining the EU, such as Turkey, Macedonia, and Albania, changed the color of their passports to red a few years ago.
Blue passport cover is the most common color after red. The blue cover symbolizes the “new world”. 15 Caribbean countries have blue passports. Within the block of South American countries, the blue passport cover symbolizes the connection with Mercosur a trade union. This includes Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. Venezuela is the exception here: it also belongs to the union, but its citizens have red passports. The passports of US citizens were changed to blue only in 1976.
Most Muslim countries have green passports. Examples include Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan. Green is considered to be the favorite color of the Prophet Muhammad and is a symbol of nature and life. The citizens of several West African countries, for example, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Niger, the Ivory Coast, and Senegal also have travel documents that are various shades of green.
The rarest passports are those with black covers. These can be found among the citizens of some African countries Botswana, Zambia, Burundi, Gabon, Angola, Chad, Congo, Malawi, and others. Citizens of New Zealand also have black passport covers, because black is the country’s national color.
The map below shows the passport color of each country: