afay1
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Green US Passport

Thu Jul 07, 2005 2:03 am

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!
 
jcs17
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RE: Green US Passport

Thu Jul 07, 2005 2:05 am

Huh? The coloring of passports goes by continent... I don't think anyone has a green US passport.
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SWA TPA
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RE: Green US Passport

Thu Jul 07, 2005 2:07 am

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

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virgin744
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RE: Green US Passport

Thu Jul 07, 2005 2:26 am

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


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afay1
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RE: Green US Passport

Thu Jul 07, 2005 2:37 am

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!
 
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RE: Green US Passport

Thu Jul 07, 2005 2:56 am

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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RE: Green US Passport

Thu Jul 07, 2005 3:00 am

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
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RE: Green US Passport

Thu Jul 07, 2005 3:01 am

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.
 
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RE: Green US Passport

Thu Jul 07, 2005 5:33 am

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

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LHMark
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RE: Green US Passport

Thu Jul 07, 2005 5:35 am

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.

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AirScoot
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RE: Green US Passport

Thu Jul 07, 2005 5:59 am

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
 
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RE: Green US Passport

Thu Jul 07, 2005 6:04 am

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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MD11Engineer
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RE: Green US Passport

Thu Jul 07, 2005 6:16 am

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

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concord977
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RE: Green US Passport

Thu Jul 07, 2005 6:32 am

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.)
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afay1
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RE: Green US Passport

Thu Jul 07, 2005 10:49 am

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

and thanks!
 
AA777
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RE: Green US Passport

Thu Jul 07, 2005 11:41 am

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.

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RE: Green US Passport

Thu Jul 07, 2005 11:55 am

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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