Passports of the world come in only four colors, and that’s why

It turns out that there are only four basic colors of passports in the world. And each country has its own reasons for choosing the color of the cover of this document. decided to find out what it’s on, and share with you. And now, if a long queue at the airport makes you bored, just remember this post.


The most common color. Passports with a red cover are chosen by countries with a communist past or present. Citizens of Slovenia, China, Serbia, Russia, Latvia, Romania, Poland, Georgia have red books. Members of the European Union, in addition to Croatia, also use passports of burgundy and other shades of red. Countries interested in joining the EU, for example, Turkey, Macedonia and Albania, changed the color of passports to red a few years ago. The Andean community of nations — Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru — also maroon passports.

The next most common color. The blue cover symbolizes the «new world». The 15 Caribbean countries have blue passports. At the block of the South American countries the blue color of the passport symbolizes the connection with Mercosur — the trade union. This is Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay. In addition to Venezuela, it also belongs to this union, but the passports of its citizens are red. The passport of the US citizen turned blue only in 1976.

The passport of most Muslim countries is green. For example, in Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan. Green is considered the favorite color of the Prophet Muhammad and is a symbol of nature and life. Documents of different shades of green are also found among West African citizens, for example, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Niger, Ivory Coast and Senegal. In their case, the color indicates belonging to ECOWAS (the Economic Community of West African Countries).
The black

The rarest passports are passports with a black cover. Such are among the citizens of some African countries — Botswana, Zambia, Burundi, Gabon, Angola, Chad, Congo, Malawi and others. Also black passports for New Zealanders, because black is the national color of New Zealand.
On this map the countries are painted in the colors of the passports of citizens