4 Primary Passport Colours in The World

There are four main colours used for passport covers all over the world and they include Red, Blue, Green and Black. You might think these colours are based on aesthetics but in reality, they have their different meaning significance.

Below are the four main passport colours and their meanings.


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Red is the most common passport covers.  These colour of passports can be found among past and present communist stares such as Slovenia, China, Serbia, Russia, Latvia, Romania, Poland, and Georgia. More so, member states the European Union (EU), with the exception of Croatia, also use passports of burgundy and other shades of red. Other countries that use the red passport covers include Turkey, Macedonia, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.


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The blue passport cover can be mostly recognized as the colour used by the United States since 1976. 15 Caribbean countries have blue passports and within the block of South American countries the blue passport cover symbolizes the connection with Mercosur — a trade union. These countries includes Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay.  The blue cover symbolizes the “new world”


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The green passport is used by most Muslim countries as the colour is considered to be the favourite colour of Prophet Mohammad and a symbol of nature and life. Examples of Muslim countries that use the green passport include Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan. Another group of countries that use the green passport are countries in West Africa. The use of the colour green does not have any special religious significance rather it is used to indicate that they belong to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Examples of these West African countries include Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Niger, the Ivory Coast, and Senegal


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Black is the rarest of all passport colours because it is used by only a handful of states. Countries that use this colour of passport do it mostly because black is their national colour. Black passport covers can be found in New Zealand Botswana, Zambia, Burundi, Gabon, Angola, Chad, Congo, Malawi and others.

Written by Emeka Nweze

Content writer and contributor.

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