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How passport colours define who you are?

Author: Taimoor Khan
by Taimoor Khan
Posted: Apr 09, 2017
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"Indeed, there may be something to judge a book by its cover"

Passport news is usually about modifications in the rules, records and regulations to the essential travel document. State departments urge on renewing a passport sooner to avoid last-minute inconvenience or perhaps complicated laws. While there’s much to focus on the document’s capabilities other than the aesthetics, what about the similar looks every time even after renewal!

St. Kitts and Nevis passport is blue, some are red, green or black which is due to the geographic and policy distinction. Although, guidelines on size and format of a passport are issued by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, state governments have a choice over design and colour preference of their national travel document as long as it’s derived from the colours as mentioned above that are; red, green, black or blue. Let’s have a look at what these shades say about you!


For some states, colour is chosen based on predominant religion. Muslim countries that include Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Morocco all have green passports connected to Islamism. Green also compliments to the national flags of the Islamic Republics namely Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Mauritania. Even various African nations like Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Niger, Nigeria and more also have passports with a shade of green due to distinct membership of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).


Red passports hints at communist past or what is present namely: Latvia, Georgia, Serbia, China, Romania, Poland and Slovenia. All these states have red passport along with many other Nordic countries due to the favourite shade from the Viking era that can be seen on national flags as well.

Passport of countries included in the European Union are a shade of burgundy and what’s known as branding exercise, countries like Albania, Turkey and Macedonia all changed the passport shade to maroon complimenting to EU aspirations.


Member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) all have blue passport which explain St. Kitts and Nevis passport shade of blue. This is mostly due to the geographical locations amongst the oceans, off-coasts and sub-regional South American countries including Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela and Paraguay.

The blue passports is an affiliation to the Mercosur; a customs union. Passport of the US is blue since 1976 when it was changed from green following the anniversary celebration complementing to the shade of the American flag.


Black passports are rarest as remaining African nations have black passports including Chad, Zambia, Burundi, Gabon, Angola, Malawi and Democratic Republic of the Congo. As we speak, New Zealand’s passport is also black due to the relation with the national colour. Carriers bearing diplomatic immunity status also have black passports.


The above details are important to distinct your passport from the rest. The blue shade of St. Kitts and Nevis passport compliments to the Caribbean whereas all other countries in the region also have the document in similar shade for distinction to the rest. It’s always better to know before you apply for one!

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Taimoor is one of the best innovative writer since last 15 years. He has written a lot quality articles on technology, health and automotive industry.

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