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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3598 times:

I have always had an interest in what passports of different nationalities look like, so I thought I'd start a post where we can all post the cover of our passport(s).

I'll start off. I am a dual citizen having Lebanese citizenship since birth and becoming a US citizen 5 years ago.

Here are my current passports:

Lebanon


United States


When I was young, I had my name in my mom's Lebanese passport and thus would travel with my mom. When I got older, I got my own Lebanese passport which I kept renewing. Lebanon offers 1-year and 5-year passports. I've always opted for the 5-year and just kept renewing every 5 years.

A lot of the information in the Lebanese passports is in Arabic, English, and French.

In March 2003, Lebanon began issuing new "high tech" passports with the bar code on the edge so that immigration officers can simply slide it through the machine and retrieve your info. This is called a Machine Readable Passport (MRP). It also has the photo imprinted on the passport itself and a hologram to prove authenticity. It is also much more compact, having thinner pages than the old passport. Lebanon was quite late in issuing these "high tech" passports as many other countries had switched to issuing these passports many many years ago.

I had to renew my Lebanese passport in winter 2003, and since they had begun to issue the new passports, I got the new passport and finally my old Lebanese passport which I had kept renewing and using for many years was retired.

The old passport was the basic old fashioned kind. A lot of the information was written by hand, with the photograph stapled onto it and laminated. The pages are also a lot thicker as I mentioned earlier. Here is it is, as you can see they changed the look with the new passports they began issuing in March 2003:



As you can see, they changed the color from red to blue, and they removed the shape of the country from behind the Cedar tree, Lebanon's symbol.

I became a US citizen 5 years ago and thus I was able to apply for a US passport. The United States issues 5-year passports for those under 16, while those over 16 recieve 10-year passports. As I was under 16 when I applied for my first US passport, I got a 5-year passport. This passport expired last year, so last month I got a new passport. As I am over 16 now and I got my now expired passport when I was under 16, I had to apply for a new one and could not simply renew it. So now I am on my 2nd US passport which is valid for 10-years.

The United States began issuing Machine Readable Passports many many years ago and introduced the holograms and imprinting the photo on the passport a few years ago, however they have pretty much looked the same for many many many years. As a result, my previous US passport looks no different, so I won't bother scanning it and putting it.  Smile

Since I became a dual citizen, I use my Lebanese passport only to get in and out of Lebanon. For all my other trips I use my US passport since I don't have to worry about getting visas in advance or simply get them upon arrival at the airport.

Since a lot of Airliners.net members are US citizens, I guess there is no point for many of you to post the covers of your passports.  Smile

Now let's see you passport(s)!

Regards


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
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User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3576 times:

I'd show you my Korean passport if I had one. I have dual citizenship in the United States and the Republic of Korea but have never had any reason or desire to need a passport issued by the ROK.

Recently the photograph requirements for United States passports were tightened. Now passport photographs must fit more exacting requirements and not all passport photograph places meet them. The photograph must fit a size and spacing template, be of a certain clarity and the subject should not smile.



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User currently offlineTUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1844 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3553 times:

my fav stamps in my passport :P









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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3510 times:

Recently the photograph requirements for United States passports were tightened. Now passport photographs must fit more exacting requirements and not all passport photograph places meet them. The photograph must fit a size and spacing template, be of a certain clarity and the subject should not smile.

Yup, I had that issue when I was applying for a new passport. I had to apply for a new one entirely instead of renew my old one because I got my old passport when I was under 16.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3497 times:

The photograph must fit a size and spacing template, be of a certain clarity and the subject should not smile.

Ummm... I'm smiling in my passport photograph. I never had the photographer or the person who accepted my application tell me otherwise. And I've used it in several countries since then, (UK 3 or 4 times, Germany, and Mexico), so I think it's probably valid. Why would they have a stupid-ass, non-sensicial rule like "the subject should not smile"? I mean.. jesus christ, how dumb and totalitarian is our government trying to become?

Steve


User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12212 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3480 times:
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New Zealands passport is a greenish colour, with the New Zealand Crown logo on it. In my picture I look very stoned, thanks to my very late night stay ups.

User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3450 times:

You never look like your passport photograph... They are useless...

LoL!

I look like harry potter in my passport photograph



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User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3415 times:

United Kingdom:



Front



Back - VS security tag present!



Inside - My favourite Stamp!

Cheers,

Justin Big grin


User currently offlineLfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3345 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3400 times:
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I have an American Passport. I look like a 'terrorist' in my passport pic. im not smiling and i look like im in a gang. LOL. seriously in life im a good person.




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User currently offlineMia From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 875 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3396 times:

I look like Muhamed Atta in my photo. I swear, my mother woke me up and like while I was still half asleep took me totake my picture.

I will try to find a scan of a bolivarian and cuban passport.



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User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3386 times:

The reason you're not to smile in a passport picture now has to do with some technology they use. Canada has had this technology and people have been told not to smile in Canadian passport photos for some time now.

I'm not smiling in mine though that's because I have quite possibly the worst photo. Doesn't help either that I got my passport 1 month after I turned 16 so I'm stuck with that passport and photo until I'm 26.

LH423



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User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3382 times:

Mine has a cover  Big grin



And my travelling stamps... Not seen here are two stamps, one for EWR and one for JFK. As they are both right on the last page.






Whoever said "laughter is the best medicine" never had Gonorrhea
User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3375 times:

Haha nice cover Kev!

You were in LOS 5 days before me and the sharps!? Cool! Big grin

Cheers,

Justin  Big grin


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3371 times:

Germany

An actual German passport:



An old German passport:



Every German can apply for a passport from the age of 16, it is valid for 5 years when you are under 25 and valid for 10 years when you are over 25. The new (red) passports are machine readable and provide the information about the owner in three languages (German, English, and French).

When you are under 16 you get a "Kinderausweis" which means translated "Childrens identification":



I think it is not machine readable and some countries do not accept it for immigration, in this case the children's name must be registered in the passport of the mother or father.

Patrick


User currently offlineBH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3356 times:

I hold dual US and Japanese citizenship, but I do not hold a Japanese passport since I really don't have much of a need for it. The only benefit it would give me is that it would save me about 15 minutes getting into Japan since the Re-Entry lines are usually a lot shorter than the Foreigner lines.


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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8904 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3351 times:

I just have a US passport...I need to renew it though, it expires on Wednesday, plus my photo needs updating (for starters, I ditched my contacts and went back to glasses full time - I got allergic to the saline...)

Jeff


User currently offlineFlymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7213 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3349 times:

Jkw777: Yea I have that Virgin sticker on my passport too. I like it.


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User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 17, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3321 times:

I think anyone who has ever flown VS has that sticker (unless they ripped their's off).

LH423



« On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux » Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3292 times:

2 blue ones, one Estonian and one Swedish, both valid for 10 years.
New Swedish passport is red....


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 19, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3266 times:

I'm glad there are a lot of replies, but I was hoping for more passport cover scans!

Thanks for those who posted the UK and German passports.

I remember I saw the UK passports a number of times, I think it's a nice passport.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7261 posts, RR: 13
Reply 20, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3254 times:

the NZ passport is Navy blue. with Coat of Arms.

User currently offlineCaribb From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 1639 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3245 times:

Here's mine from Canada:



User currently offlineJasepl From India, joined Jul 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 39
Reply 22, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3225 times:

I have an Indian passport. I'm also entitled to a French one, but India don't allow dual citizenship, so if I wanted the French one, I'd have to give up the Indian one. Which doesn't makke sense because I've always lived in India and plan to for ever.

Here's the passport cover:


And this is the inside cover (it's machine readable):


Here's a scan of a few entry & exit stamps:


And here's a Slovak stamp:


User currently offlineQANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3182 times:

An example of an Australian passport. However, my picture does look a little different from Mr. John Citizen's.



Text on right hand page reads:

"The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, being the representative in Australia of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, requests all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance and to afford him or her every assistance and protection fo which he or she may stand in need."

- Sums things up well. What does yours say?

QFF


User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 24, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3179 times:

Hahaha..QFF..I thought you looked like Mr John Citizen  Big grin

I have two passports - South African and Australian. The Australian passport is shown above (see reply 23).

My South African passport looks like this:




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25 ClassicLover : The new Australian Passports are slightly different to the one in the example (I only got my Passport renewed 2 weeks ago)... looking forward to the b
26 FlyLondon : "The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, being the representative in Australia of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, requests all
27 Post contains images Springbok747 : ClassicLover, I like the new design. Unfortunately though, I have to wait until 2008 to get my Australian passport renewed
28 QANTASFOREVER : ClassicLover - I didn't know they had a new design? I'll find out what they look like soon (off to bloody Paris again for a renewal - arrgh!!!) I wish
29 Post contains images VonRichtofen : Ok these pics are kinda crap, but here ya go in order from earliest to most recent: Hopefully will be adding more stamps soon Kris
30 Jasepl : I think the words on the right-hand page are basically a bit of standardised fluff that doesn't mean much these days. Here's what my passport says: "T
31 Post contains images TUNisia : These are some scans of my dad's old Passport from when he was younger.
32 Jasepl : Thanks! That passport's quite well preserved! Those restrictions on where you can travel are interesting. I remember my old passport used to say 'This
33 VonRichtofen : Hey Carribb I noticed your passport cover is slightly different than mine. When did you get that passport? Mine is from 2002. Kris
34 TUNisia : Jasepl, Yeah, it's been sitting in a drawer for years and years. He has a newer Passort from the late 70's and early 80's too. I don't know where that
36 United Airline : Canadian + Hong Kong SAR + BNO[Edited 2005-01-10 08:20:57]
37 Alessandro : Don´t forget to add your visas at http://www.tokyo.ch/
38 Caribb : VonRichtofen Hey Carribb I noticed your passport cover is slightly different than mine. When did you get that passport? Mine is from 2002 I just got m
39 Levent : Springbok747, do you know why the SA passport has English and French written on the cover instead of English and Afrikaans, as I would rather expect?
40 Sabena332 : Springbok747, do you know why the SA passport has English and French written on the cover instead of English and Afrikaans, as I would rather expect?
41 VonRichtofen : Looks like they've changed the cover design a bit then for the Canadian passport. Alessandro is that site run by an a.netter? I think I'm going to upl
42 Post contains images LY7E7 :
43 Springbok747 : Springbok747, do you know why the SA passport has English and French written on the cover instead of English and Afrikaans, as I would rather expect?
44 BA : South Africa is part of the African Union, and the official languages of the African Union are all the African languages, English, French, Portuguese,
45 Cedarjet : I'm not surprised the S African passport has English and French - French is the "Diplomatic Language", diplomats in the Middle Ages all spoke French t
46 BA : I was wondering, how much passports in different countries cost in US dollars? For US passports, if you are under 16, the passport costs $40USD plus a
47 BA : VonRichtofen, Why did you need to get a visa to enter Taiwan? It was my impression that Canadian citizens, like US citizens, do not require a visa to
48 Post contains images VonRichtofen : BA at the time Canadians only got 21 days without a Visa. My stay was 27 days so I needed a Visa Kris
49 L410Turbolet : US passports are 24-pages, but you can optionally ask for a 48-page one for those who travel a lot at no additional cost. You can also later on send y
50 Post contains links and images BA : Von Richtofen, Thanks for the explanation.   L410Turbolet, The US passport does say that it is the property of the US government and that they can co
51 L410Turbolet : Interesting. I am asking because they make you go through the whole ordeal of Big Brother fingerprinting, interrogation and charge you $100 even if yo
52 ConcordeLoss : Can US citizens go to Syria?
53 Alessandro : VonR, yes, Swissgabe´s homepage...
54 BA : L410Turbolet, I fully agree with you, and Lebanon (and pretty much all Arab countries) are countries full of bureaucracy, often extremely annoying and
55 Swissgabe : Hey, all those guys having Visas in their passport. On my website I have a gallery and I collect different visas (entry/exit stamps will follow one da
56 Post contains images Arcano : CHILE passport_ But we also are demanded to hold a National Identification Card, the only document legaly valid for identification: Regards )( Arcano
57 Runway23 : I have both Canadian and French both passports have actually radically evolved in appearance since a few years.
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