A passport is the most important thing to have when you decide to travel into other countries. Have you noticed that passports have different colors depending on the country? The colors vary between blue, red, green and black, and the choice of color isn’t without reason. It turns out that each country has its own specific reasons for choosing one of the four colours for their passport. Traveller365.com decided to find out what this choice depends on and share the information with you.
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This is the most common color around the world. The red (or burgundy) passport is used by member countries of the European Union, except Croatia, and countries interested in joining (such as Turkey) have changed their passport colors to match. Also, passports with a red cover are usually chosen by countries with a historical or current communist system. Other countries that are part of the Andean community (also known for past EU-ambitions), such as Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia and Peru have burgundy passports, too. Swiss chose to have passports in a bright red colour , which matches the country's flag.
Blue is the second most common colour of passport and it symbolizes “a new world”. It is used especially among countries throughout the Americas. The passports of US citizens were changed to blue only in 1976.The block of South American countries, including, Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay, also use the blue passport – the cover symbolising the connection with Mercosur — a trade union.
The majority of Muslim countries use green passports because of the importance of the colour in their religion,as green is considered to be the favourite colour of the Prophet Muhammad. The colour is also thought as being a symbol of nature and life. . Also, some West African countries, members of the Economic Community of West African States, have green passports.
Passports with black covers are the rarest. These can be found among the citizens of some African countries — Botswana, Zambia, Burundi, Gabon, Angola, Chad, Congo, Malawi and others. New Zealand also use black passport covers, because black is the country’s national color.