If you’ve never had the time to think as to why passports around the world come in the limited colours that they do, allow us to enlighten you today.
Shades of red, green, blue and black are the four colours that dominate the universe of passports–and not without good reason. As per a report by Business Insider a certain Hrant Boghossian has some reasons to attribute to the choice of passport colours. The Vice President of Marketing at Arton Capital–a firm that headlines “interactive passport database, Passport Index,” believes that while essentially the colours are limited, nations experiment with the hues of these four primary shades that can be attributed to “many possible scenarios.”
Blue: Countries whose passports are blue in colour are believed to belong to the so-called ‘new-world’ league of nations. These nations include India, North America, South America, Australia among others.
Red: Considered to be the colour of the communist movement worldwide, red generally belongs to countries that have had a communist history or are still under its influence. China, Serbia, Latvia among others are examples.
Green: According to Business Insider, there are times faith also plays a role in the colour of a passport. Muslim nations like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan etc tend to opt for different hues of green–a colour Islam associates with Prophet Muhammad. Shades of green are also used by West African countries like Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, where the colour “indicates that they belong to ECOWAS (the Economic Community of West African States),” reports Brightside.
Black: Black is the rarest passport colour used. One of the prominent nations that have black passports is New Zealand that chooses to be in sync with its national colour. Other nations that also have black passport are African countries like Zambia, Angola etc.
It should be noted that while the standard colours of passports are four, the shades and variations of these colours run into hundreds–and that not all nations follow the above mentioned reasons. In fact, US has reportedly, tried all four colours of passports. Canada whose temporary passport is white in colour is also an exception because sometimes the colours can merely depend on the availability and no other reason.