Maybe you have the most powerful or the rarest passport in the world. Nevertheless, your passport will most likely be one of the following colors: blue, green, red, or black. But what is the meaning of the color of your passport? Here are some popular facts about passport colors:
The People's Republic of China passport
As the most popular color used on passports, red is used by members of the European Union (except Croatia), and countries interested in joining, like Turkey, Macedonia, and Albania.
Citizens of nations with a communist history like Slovenia, Serbia, Latvia, Romania, China, Russia, Poland, and Georgia also have red passports. Countries who favor red include Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru take it as well.
Passport of the United States
Caribbean or Caricom states typically use the blue color, though it’s common in the “New World (one of the names used for the majority of Earth’s Western Hemisphere, specifically the Americas)” as well. The customs union of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela, also known as Mercosur, all issue blue passports (except Venezuela). The United States passport, only changed the color of the passport to 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 color in their religion, which is considered to be the favorite color of the Prophet Muhammad (“a symbol of nature and life”).
Variations of green are also used by members of ECOWAS—Economic Community of West African States—including Niger and Senegal.
New Zealand passport
Black is the rarest color of passports and shows less dirt and looks more official. Some African countries issue a black passport, including Botswana, Zambia, Burundi, Gabon, Angola, Chad, Congo, Malawi. New Zealand takes it as well for it’s the national color.
Ultimately, geopolitics, economy and even religion come into play when a country selects its passport cover to be a national identity, but what really makes your passport special is your great experience and trip stamps around the world.