Blue Passports

The UK passport is an expression of our independence and sovereignty – a document that symbolises our citizenship of a proud, great nation. Leaving the EU gives us a unique opportunity to restore our national identity and forge a new path for ourselves in the world.

We have announced that the iconic blue UK passport will return after we leave the European Union in 2019.

  • The unique blue passport will be one of the most secure travel documents in the world with a raft of new security features to protect against fraud and forgery.
  • 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 adopted.
  • New blue and gold passports will be issued from October 2019, to those renewing or applying for a new passport when the new passport contract begins. There is no need for British passport holders to do anything ahead of their current passport renewal date.