What does the color say about your passport?

In fact, passport color is often related to the geographical location and policies of each country.

According to the guidelines on the size and format required for passports issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), each country’s government is free to choose the designs, as long as they carry one of the following: Four colors: red, green, blue and black.

What does the color say about your passport?
Rankings and regulations and policies on passports often attract the attention of the public. When we focus too much on the “power” of the passport instead of the aesthetics, it is easy to overlook an important part about the color of this document. (Photo: Reader’s Digest).

Green is also featured on the flags of Islamic republics such as Iran, Mauritania, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Many African countries like Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Niger, Senegal… also have green passports, mainly because they belong to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). ).

Hrant Boghossian, vice-president of the Arton Group, which owns the Passport Index, a website that stores passport data, told the Telegraph that a red passport could indicate a country that was or is currently communist, such as Slovenia, China, Serbia, Latvia, Romania, Poland, Georgia.

Many Nordic countries also use red passports, as it was a common color in the Viking era and appears on many national flags. Passports of countries in the European Union, excluding Croatia, are also burgundy. Turkey, Macedonia and Albania have all changed the color of their passports to burgundy as a sign of their desire to join the EU, according to the Economist .

What does the color say about your passport?
Special design of the Finnish passport. (Photo: AP).

The member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) all have blue passports, possibly due to their geographic location in the middle of the ocean. A bloc of South American countries including Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela also use blue passports to show their close ties to Mercosur, a customs union.

Vietnam has national passports including: diplomatic passports, official passports, ordinary passports and crew passports. In particular, ordinary passports are issued to all Vietnamese citizens. Ordinary passports are valid for no more than 10 years from the date of issue and cannot be renewed. A valid ordinary passport will be re-issued, and when it expires, procedures for new issuance will be carried out.

Ordinary passports issued to children under 14 years old are valid for no more than 5 years from the date of issue and cannot be renewed. Children under the age of nine are issued together with the common passport of their father or mother, if so requested by the father or mother of such child. In this case, the passport is valid for no more than five years from the date of issue and cannot be renewed.