The one thing that all people who travel agree on is that when going abroad you have to have a passport. However, travelers to foreign countries cannot choose how their passports will look and what color they’ll be.
Passports come in certain colors – red, blue, green and black. So it is important to know just why a passport is a certain color and what that means.
Red Passports are not bright but in a burgundy shade. These are used by residents of the European Union except for Croatia and countries that are interested in joining have also changed their passport colors.
The Andean Community which includes Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru also have burgundy passports due to their past EU-ambitions.
The Swiss passport keeps to its own Swiss-fashion and matches their flag.
Blue Passports for the United States are navy blue in color dating from 1976 to match the shade of blue that is in the American flag.
In past history in the United States in the 1930s passports were green, then burgundy ones and finally black passports in the early 1970s.
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Green Passports are used for the Islamic states due to the importance of this color in their religion.
Variations of the green color in passports are also used by members of ECOWAS or the Economic Community of West African States including Nigeria and Senegal.
Black Passports are in use in the Republic of Botswana, Zambia and New Zealand.
For New Zealand black is also considered to be one of the country’s national colors.
World governments have the freedom to choose the color and design of passports.
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