There are Only Four Passport Colors in the World, and This is the Reason Why

It turns out that there are only four primary passport colors in the world, and each country has its own reasons for choosing one of these colors for the cover.

Bright Side decided to find out what this choice depends on and to share the information with you. If long lines at the airport makes you feel bored, just remember this post.


This is¬†the most common color.¬†Passports with a¬†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.¬†The Andean Community of¬†Nations¬†‚ÄĒ Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru¬†‚ÄĒ also has burgundy passports.


This is¬†the next most common color.¬†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¬†‚ÄĒ 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¬†‚ÄĒ for example, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Niger, the Ivory Coast, and Senegal¬†‚ÄĒ also have travel documents that are various shades of¬†green. In¬†their case,¬†the color indicates that they belong to¬†ECOWAS¬†(the Economic Community of¬†West African States).


The rarest passports are those with black covers. These can be¬†found¬†among the citizens of¬†some African countries¬†‚ÄĒ Botswana, Zambia, Burundi, Gabon, Angola, Chad, Congo, Malawi and others. Citizens of¬†New Zealand also have black passport covers, because¬†black is¬†the country‚Äôs national color.

The map below is painted according to the color of each country’s passport.

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