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There Are Only Four Passport Colors in the World And Here’s What They Mean

There are only four primary passport colors in the world. What color is yours?

Most, if not all, people don’t bother to think about the color of their passport when they travel. But passport colors actually stand for something, and each country has its reason for choosing either red, blue, green, or black.

Below, we explain what these passport colors actually mean. These tidbits make for great conversation starters, too, whenever you find yourself stuck at the airport.


Red is the most common color for passport covers. Red passports are usually chosen by nations with a past or present communist system. People from Serbia, Russia, Latvia, Slovenia, Poland, China, Romania, and Georgia have red passports. Other countries have passport covers in burgundy or other shades of red, including member countries of the European Union (except Croatia) and the Andean Community of Nations (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru). Nations interested in joining the EU, like Turkey, Macedonia, and Albania, switched to red passport covers a few years ago.


Source: East News

Blue, which symbolizes the “new world,” is the next most common passport color. US passports were changed to blue in 1976. Meanwhile, 15 Caribbean countries at present have blue passports. Within the block of South American countries, including Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay, a blue passport signifies their connection with the Mercosur trade union.


Most Muslim countries, including Morocco, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia, have green passport covers. Green is the favorite color of the Prophet Muhammad, and it’s also a symbol of nature and life. Several West African countries, like Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, the Ivory Coast, and Senegal, have travel documents in different shades of green. But in their case, green stands for their membership in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).


Black passport covers are the rarest and can be found in some African countries, including Angola, Chad, Congo, Botswana, Zambia, Burundi, Gabon, and Malawi. New Zealand citizens also possess black passports because, believe it or not, black is their national color.

This map shows the passport colors used by different countries.


  1. Tom Mercader

    March 5, 2018 at 5:03 PM

    Agnes Dorothy

  2. Jen Magat

    March 25, 2017 at 3:11 AM

    Japan is red

  3. Marco Baylon Salvador

    March 25, 2017 at 2:07 AM

    Could also be Ton Tacang!

  4. Daniel Barga

    March 25, 2017 at 1:46 AM

    Red/burgundy for me

  5. Baby Lyn Gonzales Castalone

    March 25, 2017 at 12:46 AM

    Brown…so What?

  6. Noel Reid

    March 25, 2017 at 12:37 AM

    This is bullshit

  7. Marco Baylon Salvador

    March 24, 2017 at 11:36 PM

    Am not sure if our (Phil) passport is colored red! It looks to me as it is brown.

  8. Amir Imran Azli Zahedi

    March 24, 2017 at 11:24 PM


  9. Hafiz Hafiz

    March 24, 2017 at 11:11 PM

    Wardah Fatimah Mohammad Yusoff

  10. Jen Magat

    March 5, 2018 at 4:32 PM

    Japan is red

  11. Cleopatra Sandud

    March 24, 2017 at 10:57 PM


  12. Stephen Adrian M. Diaz

    March 24, 2017 at 10:49 PM

    Same as russia

  13. Yvonne Reilly Hoffmann

    March 24, 2017 at 10:46 PM

    Blue for American

  14. Tshewang Lhamo

    March 24, 2017 at 9:34 PM

    We have white ones for civil servants !!!!

  15. James Thickson

    March 24, 2017 at 9:23 PM

    In Canada they have a red – for diplomats I know as my brother and his wife both have one-

  16. Amir Ismailov

    March 24, 2017 at 9:18 PM

    Aziz Ismailov

  17. Suk Sapre

    March 24, 2017 at 8:52 PM

    Having passport in different colors are not religious.

  18. Anabelle C. Badilla

    March 24, 2017 at 8:43 PM

    B and R

  19. Ekiaki Talumi

    March 24, 2017 at 8:34 PM


  20. Verena Hans Högl Wälti

    March 24, 2017 at 8:30 PM

    There is only one country with a real/proper red passport. Switzerland

  21. Virginia Galicia Isorena

    March 24, 2017 at 8:18 PM

    Dark blue-Iceland

  22. Deo Volente

    March 24, 2017 at 7:31 PM


  23. Hafiz Hafiz

    March 5, 2018 at 5:04 PM

    Wardah Fatimah Mohammad Yusoff

  24. Hazelyn Javier Schäfer

    March 24, 2017 at 7:05 PM

    I love Red….

  25. Melinda Bekker

    March 24, 2017 at 6:55 PM

    Black – D’Afrique du Sud

  26. Apam Basi

    March 24, 2017 at 6:52 PM


  27. Augustin Umer

    March 24, 2017 at 6:36 PM

    Go green

  28. Mayik Cove

    March 24, 2017 at 5:57 PM

    Ours is black in n.z

  29. Amir Ismailov

    March 5, 2018 at 5:04 PM

    Aziz Ismailov

  30. سعد یہ

    March 24, 2017 at 5:00 PM

    We are Green peace

  31. Suk Sapre

    April 4, 2018 at 6:18 PM

    Having passport in different colors are not religious.

  32. Anabelle C. Badilla

    March 5, 2018 at 4:00 PM

    B and R

  33. Johana Tamo-Ina

    March 24, 2017 at 4:42 PM

    Pink lol

  34. Tess Aeple-Guina

    March 24, 2017 at 4:39 PM

    what about our RED PASSPORT?

  35. Nguyet Dang

    March 24, 2017 at 4:37 PM

    the picture shows green passport color from Vietnam, but Vietnamese religion is not Muslim???

  36. Moeen Younas

    March 24, 2017 at 4:24 PM

    Pakistan 🇵🇰 green ❤️

  37. Isabella Maria Bordoni

    March 24, 2017 at 4:18 PM


  38. Clyde Waters

    March 24, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Your article didn’t explain that European countries use red passports. You might want to add that. Your editor should have caught that.

  39. Xobia Shahbaz Khan

    March 24, 2017 at 3:49 PM

    😍 Islamic Republic of Pakistan ❤❤❤

  40. Erik Powell

    March 24, 2017 at 3:41 PM

    Ours are black in Canada

  41. Rob Robbie Milligan

    March 24, 2017 at 3:36 PM

    ours were red i think at one time

  42. Jr Cacho

    March 24, 2017 at 3:28 PM

    Kristle Joie Hernandez

  43. Michelle Lee

    March 24, 2017 at 3:17 PM

    Hong Kong

  44. Augustin Umer

    April 4, 2018 at 6:18 PM

    Go green

  45. سعد ی&

    April 4, 2018 at 6:18 PM

    We are Green peace

  46. Tess Aeple-Guina

    March 13, 2018 at 5:50 PM

    what about our RED PASSPORT?

  47. Jr Cacho

    March 5, 2018 at 5:04 PM

    Kristle Joie Hernandez

  48. Michelle Lee

    March 5, 2018 at 5:04 PM

    Hong Kong


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