Post Brexit, British Passports Change From Burgundy To Iconic Blue


Back to blue.

Back to blue.

According to BBC, British Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis said the British passports will return to blue with gold designs after being burgundy since the 1980s.

Although EU never pressured UK to change its passport color in 1988, British passports changed from blue to burgundy  after European Economic Community member states wanted to ease travels for both border officials and travelers.



This recent change back to blue comes after Brexit. New passports will be in issued from October 2019 for anyone applying or renewing passports. The new passports will be updated with security components against fraud. And there won’t be any reference to EU on the new burgundy passports.



Nigel Farage, former UKIP leader, was delighted to celebrate and tweeted “Happy Brexmas!” Other political leaders also expressed similar sentiments:


But not everyone is enthusiastic about the color change:



As of now, 76 countries around the world have blue passports, including: Antigua, Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Barbuda, Bosnia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, the Grenadines, Herzegovina, Hong Kong, India, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, North Korea, St. Vincent, Syria, the United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela, according to Passport Index.

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