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:
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.
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.
Now let's see you passport(s)!
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