People travel constantly, and some people even leave their home country from time to time. For someone to get out of their home country, they need to have a passport. Even though people are generally required to have a passport to get into other countries, there are some countries that require someone to have visas. In general, if someone is granted a visa, that visa needs to be stapled to one of the pages inside of the passport. Then, the visa has to be presented with the passport to the border control agent. Border control agents see a wide variety of passports every day, and there are several ways in which the passports can vary. Passports come in different shapes and sizes, have different colors, and they are valid for varying lengths of time.
There is no governing body in the world that is responsible for deciding what color passports have to be. On the other hand, there are certain organizations, such as the International Civil Aviation Organization, that does give recommendations from time to time regarding which color passports should be. This same governing body also issued recommendations regarding how information should be printed on passports. This includes the size of the text used, the font, and where the text is located. Even though there is no single rule that governs the color of different passports, countries use either black, green, blue, or red on their passports.
The most commonly used color for passports in the world is red. One of the biggest reasons why red is so common among passports is that just about all of the member states of the European Union use red passports. The only country in the European Union that does not use a red passport is Croatia. Furthermore, there are some countries that changed the color of their passports to red once they joined the European Union. These countries include Georgia, Serbia, Turkey, and Macedonia. These countries changed their passports to red because the European Union wants it easy for border control agents to spot a passport from the European Union.
Passports issued by the United States of America are blue. Specifically, they are a dark blue color, similar to the blue used on the flag. Just about every country throughout North and South America uses a blue passport. Some of the biggest countries that use blue passports include Venezuela, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, and numerous Asian countries. In addition, United States territories also use blue passports. These include Guam, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa. Furthermore, a lot of the countries located in the Caribbean also use blue passports. It is believed that many of these countries use blue passports because it is meant to symbolize the New World, such as countries from North America and South America.
|Antigua and Barbuda||Blue|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Blue|
|Central African Republic||Green|
|Papua New Guinea||Blue|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||Blue|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||Blue|
|Sao Tome and Principe||Blue|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Black|
|United Arab Emirates||Blue|
The color of a passport is determined by what country issues it. For example, countries that are in the European Union currently use red passports. Most countries in North and South America have some form of blue passport.