5 Cool Passport Facts
One intriguing thing is that citizens of the Vatican state in Italy, which is the smallest country in the entire world, have their own unique passports! Interestingly enough however, there are no immigration control or border posts in the entire country as it is is located inside the city of Rome in Italy. Strange they even have them.
Australia has the priciest passports in the whole world. In 2020, the passport fee for a ten-year-travel document is an unbelievable $298. The Australian passport fee is almost three times higher than the fee of an U.S. passport.
As indicated by old customs, most of all country’s passports included a ‘request page’, with some text in which other nations requested that passport holders are allowed to pass freely and be gifted support when necessary. This message is only not included in Austrian and Swiss passports.
Most passports around the world have a red cover. There are different shades of red of course, but in the end they’re all still red. Red is far more common for passports than blue, black or green. Interestingly enough, the U.S. passport is very often referred to as the ‘blue book’. The UK passport is nicknamed the ‘red book’ however.
Fun fact, in the United Kingdom a passport is printed out every 2.5 seconds. This means that 5 million passports can be printed in the UK every single year. Alongside this, more than 25,000 UK passports are stolen or lost every single year.
Long ago in 1783, Benjamin Franklin ordered that the first US passports be printed. In 2019, there was a total of about 147 million valid passports in America’s population. This means that only around half of all of the U.S.citizens are in possession of a passport.