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User currently offlineAfay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5580 times:

Hey guys, figured someone here would know:

Why do some people still have old green covered US passports (instead of blue)? I last saw a valid one in late 2002...Thanks!

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User currently offlineJCS17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5578 times:

Huh? The coloring of passports goes by continent... I don't think anyone has a green US passport.


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User currently offlineSWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1560 posts, RR: 34
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5573 times:

I see those rather frequently while checking in passengers at work. I have always wondered this too.
Nobody seems to know why either.

SWA TPA



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User currently offlineVirgin744 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 919 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5559 times:

could it be something to do with expatriate citizens? just a guess..


virgin744


User currently offlineAfay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5548 times:

The coloring most certainly does not go by continent as lots of countries on the same continent have different colored passports. The US diplomatic ones are almost black, rather than deep blue. Anyway, still hoping for an answer to this mystery...

Some theories:

1. Some sort of servicemen passport that isn't used anymore, but had a long validity period.

2. Ex airline/ship crew with still valid passports.

3. Issued abroad to expatriates a long time ago, but still valid. Passports since the 1990s at least that were issued abroad are the same color but often have numbers physically stamped through the cover, pasted on photos, hand written things, etc.

Hope we'll hear an answer!


User currently offlineDvk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1058 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5538 times:

I think the green passport covers are current or former US military. At least, that is what I was told by a friend who has a green passport cover.


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User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5530 times:

Quoting Virgin744 (Reply 3):
could it be something to do with expatriate citizens? just a guess..

No, mine is blue, issued in FRA, though I am not resident since years


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13210 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5531 times:

I had a USA passport (renewal) issued in 1993 that had a green cover. From info inside of it I recall that in 1992-93, USA passports were issued with green covers in recognition of the anniversary (200th?) of the founding of the US Dept. of State and Consular service. Inside pages had the watermark of Benjamin Franklin, whom served as the USA's first Ambassador to France, and the first Ambassador we appointed.

User currently offlineWrenchBender From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1779 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5482 times:

In Canada the normal every day passport is blue, a government passport is green and a diplomatic passport is red. As a member of the military I have my own personal one that I keep, if I have to travel overseas on government business I can hand over my blue one to travel on a green government one. This is sometimes done on air travel to the middle east so you don't get tagged entering Isreal with a Syrian entry stamp or vice versa. Hope this info helps

WrenchBender



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User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5475 times:

I'm pretty sure that the green signifies the pasport holder as a dual-citizen. My friend Craig was born to American Parents in Northern Ireland, and holds both USA and UK citizenship. He has a green passport.

[Edited 2005-07-06 22:36:17]


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User currently offlineAirScoot From United States of America, joined May 2005, 688 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5453 times:

The green passport was issued for one year.. it holds no specific meaning. It was just a plain standard every day run-of-the-mill tourist/standard passport.

They were, indeed, issued in 1993 on the 200th anniversary of the US State Department.

I had one but then they wouldn't let me keep it when I had my renewal  Sad


User currently offlineCorpsnerd09 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5451 times:

The previous U.S. passport (the one before the 1994 update) featured a green cover and included a special one-page tribute to Ben Franklin in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Consular Service. The cover of the new passport has reverted to the traditional blue color but has retained the woven cloth material used in the green cover.



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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14149 posts, RR: 62
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5439 times:

The only international standartisation of passport colours I know of is the wine red of the EU.

Jan


User currently offlineConcord977 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1261 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5430 times:

From the web . . .

The green US passport was issued in 1993 on the 200th anniversary of the US Constitution. As it was now 12 years ago, none of them are still valid. They were normal tourist passports.


(apparently 9,500 red ones were issued in 1976 to commemorate the bicentennial.)



No info
User currently offlineAfay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5386 times:

Sounds like we have the answer....Good work guys!

and thanks!


User currently offlineAA777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2544 posts, RR: 28
Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5364 times:

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 9):
I'm pretty sure that the green signifies the pasport holder as a dual-citizen

Nope... my mom got a green one and she is only American, no other nationalities. The bicentenial thing makes sense, since i believe she got that passport in 1993.

-AA777


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29841 posts, RR: 58
Reply 16, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5357 times:

The US military isn't issued special passports, I didn't even need one or have one when I was based in Germany. That was 10 years ago so the rules might have changed.

But about 20 years ago the military did have distictive passports, a TWA airliner was hijacked and flown to Beirut. A US Navy Sailor who was on the aircraft was singled out by the terrorists by that passport, beaten, shot and then dumped out the aft stairwell.

The US military got out of the distintive passport thing after than.



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