Reason Why There Are Only Four Passport Colors In The World


If you have ever noticed 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. I found out what this choice depends on and I share the information with you.


It is the most common color, passports of this cover color are chosen by countries with a historical or current communist system. The citizens of Slovenia, china, Serbia, Russia, Latvia, Romania, Poland and Georgia have this type of passports. The member countries of European Union, except Croatia also uses passports of burgundy and other shades of red. Some countries that are interested in joining the EU like Turkey, Macedonia and Albania, change the color of their passports to red a few years ago. Andean Community of Nations, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru also has burgundy passports.


It is the second most common color that symbolizes the “new world”. 15 Caribbean countries have blue passports. In South American countries the blue passport cover symbolizes the connection with Mercosur, a trade union which includes Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Venezuela is the exception here, because it also belongs to the union but its citizens have red passports. In 1976 the passports of the US citizens were changed to blue.


Green passports are mostly used in Muslim countries like 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. Citizens of some Western African countries like Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Niger, the Ivory Coast and Senegal have travel documents that are various shades of green. To them the color indicates that they belong to ECOWAS (the Economic Community of West African States).


Passports with a black covers are very rare, they can be found among the citizens of some African countries like Botswana, Zambia, Burundi, Gabon, Angola, Chad, Congo and Malawi. The people of New Zealand also have black passports because black is the country’s national color.

This map is painted according to the color of each country’s passport