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Passports of the World

Although most passports are instantly recognisable as a passport, there is a huge variation in how they look.

Passport Facts:

(Just want to see the photos of the more interesting passports? Scroll down, past this section...)

Americans are getting more and more passports every year

20 years ago the US Department of State issued only 5.5 million passports. 2 years ago, in 2014, 14 million passports were issued.

Turkey is the most expensive country to get a passport

It currently costs TRY620.60 (c. USD215) for a 10-year passport

Queen Elizabeth II doesn't need a passport

As British passports are issued by Her Majesty, she doesn't need to issue one to herself!

Face tattoos, significant weight loss or facial cosmetic surgery can require a new passport photo

Otherwise no one will believe you are the same person as in the photo

Most Passports have between 25-60 pages

Modern US passports have 52 pages, but only 43 of those are blank

Most passports have a red colour

As you will see below! But many are a blue or purple colour too

The are the most powerful passports

According to PassportIndex.org, the UK and USA passports are the most powerful, allowing easy access to 147 countries

And the five least powerful passports are...
  • Myanmar [Burma],
  • Solomon Islands,
  • Palestinian Territories,
  • Sao Tome and Principe,
  • and South Sudan

Each of these passports allows easy access to 28 countries, according to PassportIndex.org.

Here are some of the most different looking and most interesting front covers of various passports from all over the world.

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Algerian passport
Algerian passport
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Argentine passport
Argentine passport
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Armenian passport
Armenian passport
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Australian Passport
Australian Passport
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Belarusian passport
Belarusian passport
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Bolivian Passport
Bolivian Passport
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Bosnian passport
Bosnian passport
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British passport
British passport
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Chinese passport
Chinese passport
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Czech passport
Czech passport
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Democratic People's Republic of Korea passport
Democratic People
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Dutch passport
Dutch passport
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East Timorese passport
East Timorese passport
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Egyptian Passport
Egyptian Passport
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Estonian passport
Estonian passport
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Gabonese passport
Gabonese passport
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Georgian passport
Georgian passport
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German passport
German passport
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Greek Passport
Greek Passport
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Hungarian passport
Hungarian passport
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Icelandic Passport
Icelandic Passport
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Indian Passport
Indian Passport
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Indonesian passport
Indonesian passport
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Iranian Passport
Iranian Passport
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Iraqi Passport
Iraqi Passport
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Kazakhstani passport
Kazakhstani passport
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Kenyan passport
Kenyan passport
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Lebanese passport
Lebanese passport
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Liechtenstein passport
Liechtenstein passport
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Luxembourgish passport
Luxembourgish passport
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Macao Special Administrative Region passport
Macao Special Administrative Region passport
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Maltese passport
Maltese passport
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Marshallese passport
Marshallese passport
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Mexican Passport
Mexican Passport
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Micronesia passport
Micronesia passport
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Mozambican Passport
Mozambican Passport
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Pakistani passport
Pakistani passport
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Polish passport
Polish passport
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Republic of Korea passport
Republic of Korea passport
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Russian Passport
Russian Passport
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Serbian passport
Serbian passport
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Slovak passport
Slovak passport
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Sri Lankan Passport
Sri Lankan Passport
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Swiss passport
Swiss passport
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Taiwan ROC Passport
Taiwan ROC Passport
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Tajik passport
Tajik passport
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Tonga passport
Tonga passport
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Transnistrian passport
Transnistrian passport
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Turkmenistan passport
Turkmenistan passport
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Tuvaluan Passport
Tuvaluan Passport
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Ukrainian passport
Ukrainian passport
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United Nations laissez-passer
United Nations laissez-passer
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United States passport
United States passport
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Vanuatu passport
Vanuatu passport
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Venezuelan passport
Venezuelan passport
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Yemen passport
Yemen passport

Also a special mention should go to the Vatican Passport - check out details here. Only 150 of them are issued!

The Interpol passport/ID card is interesting, too.

Spotted an error? Think you know of an interesting looking passport? Get in touch and let us know.

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March 26th 2017
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