UK Passports To Have Blue Covers After Brexit

December 29, 2017

The covers of UK passports will be returning to blue after the UK leaves the European Union, British officials have announced.

The UK Government website said, “After Brexit, the UK travel document will no longer be required to conform to EU standards. So in a move to symbolise our national identity, the cover will be changing from the standard EU burgundy colour to a blue and gold design.

“The new, unique blue passport will be one of the most secure travel documents in the world, with a raft of new and updated security features and technologies to protect against fraud and forgery. For example, the current paper-based picture page will be replaced with a new, super-strength plastic polycarbonate material that will be more difficult to alter.

UK Blue Passport Dec 2017

Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis said: “Leaving the EU gives us a unique opportunity to restore our national identity and forge a new path for ourselves in the world.

“That is why I am delighted to announce that the British passport will be returning to the iconic blue and gold design after we have left the European Union in 2019.

“It will also be one of the most secure travel documents in the world, with a raft of new security measures to protect against fraud and forgery.

“To save the taxpayer money, the newly designed passports will be introduced in a phased approach.

“After the UK leaves the EU, burgundy passports will continue to be issued but with no reference to the European Union.

“New blue and gold passports will be issued from October 2019, when the new passport contract begins, to those renewing or applying for a new passport.

“There is no need for British passport holders to do anything ahead of their current passport renewal date.

“The blue cover is a return to the original appearance of the British passport, with the colour first used in 1921. It remained the colour of choice until the UK joined the EU and the burgundy common format colour was agreed and adopted.

“More details about the new passport will be announced when a supplier is appointed in spring next year.”

Bermudians are all entitled to British passports and our Bermudian [British Overseas Territory Citizen] passports are currently the burgundy colour.

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  1. GB says:

    So will our BDA passports remain burgundy? Or will they be converted to navy and gold as well when UK does in 2019

  2. Family Man says:

    Umm, hey Boris, the UK can have a Blue passport anytime it likes. The maroon colour is not an EU requirement. But, wow, great, we can have a blue passport.

    Does it give us the right to travel freely in 26 other countries? No, but it’s blue.

    Does it give us the right to work anywhere in Europe? No, but it’s really a pretty blue.

    Does it make us any safer? No, but wow, it’s blue.

    And it’s a “unique blue” passport – almost like the USA, or Canada or Croatia … but’s really blue.

    • Double Standards says:

      Ha-ha, so now you know how it feels to be a British Ex-pat in Bermuda.

      So we are on home soil, yet we are the same as the French, the Americans, the Mongolians, the Brazilians…you get the drift…

      We’ve had it blue for years mate!

  3. Montréal Max says:

    EUROPEAN UNION will be removed from the cover & inside pages so why not have the color before the burgundy was adopted?! So much opposition to something that was inevitable.The Passport is just the beginning of much more change to come.There is life beyond the EU folks!

  4. JUNK YARD DOG says:

    My father said ” You are what you want to be”


    Was it ” You are what you are going to be”.

    I say

    Get the lead out boys and girls before it is too late.

    Bermua can not afford to take 4 holiday holidays, or work stoppages.

    • Bermua??????????

      • bdaboy says:

        You’re totally confused and lost right now, aren’t you OJ?
        I mean, what could that word possibly mean? You have no clue, you’re in a tizzy now, frothing at the mouth with confusion…I feel for you little one, life must be hard with all your handicaps.

      • Toodle-oo says:

        ‘de’ ?

      • Zevon says:

        Yeah because your posts never have typos or spelling mistakes. Of course.

  5. JUNK YARD DOG says:

    Wat Paint