Do you agree if we said that passport is the most 'useless' items in 2020? How many stamp or stamps do you manage to get before the world goes 'freeze' because of the pandemic?
Because of restrictions on travelling throughout the world, it can be said that it is the most useless items at the moment and at the current rate, we believe some of them already expired, waiting to be renewed (if the border open).
Since we can't use the document, why don't we take a look at the coolest passport from around the world.
Fact : Passports all over the world sport a similar look and it’s no coincidence.
In 1920, the League of Nations made an agreement to standardise all passports — each one must be of a certain size and have the same number of pages.
But having to follow standards hasn’t stopped countries from injecting their own identity! These include some features you’d be surprised to find in passports.
Here are passports with some of the coolest features — in no particular order :
Japan — features designs by a famous artist
In 2020, Japan issued brand new passports featuring the artwork of ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai from the Edo-period. Each double-page spread depicts 24 designs from the “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” series.
It’s said that the complicated ukiyo-e artwork makes passport forgery difficult. Plus, the designs also achieve the intent of promoting Japanese culture!
New Zealand — has one of the world’s rarest passport colours
New Zealand’s passport has got to be one of the most aesthetically-pleasing in the world. For one, it’s black — one of the rarest passport colours (apparently, only seven countries have a black cover!). That said, black is New Zealand’s national colour, so it’s the obvious choice.
On top of the snazzy colour, the black cover is also decorated with silver ferns, creating an eye-popping contrast.
Canada — dazzling displays appear under UV light
The Canadian passport couldn’t look more ordinary at first sight. Outside, the cover shows the country’s coat of arms. Inside, each visa page features Canada’s landmarks, historical figures and natural wonders.
However, the true surprise comes when you shine UV light on the pages. The dull-coloured landmarks instantly turn into a dramatic scene of iridescence. It’s an impressive burst of colours that also doubles as clever anti-fraud technology. Not only is this one of the world’s coolest passports, but it might just be the most colourful too!
Finland — passport turns into a flipbook
Finland’s passport might look plain, but turn the pages and you’ll know why it makes this list of world’s coolest passports. The country earned a reputation for transforming their passports into flipbooks. It’s actually a covert security feature, and you’ll see a swan flying when the pages are flipped.
In the older version, the visa pages show a moose walking—or galloping—away.
Norway — northern lights revealed under UV light
The new Norwegian passport has three colour variations — red for standard, green for diplomatic, and white for immigrant.
This aesthetically pleasing design, fitting to the country’s minimalistic lifestyle, is stunning! The pages are filled with clean lines illustration of their natural landmarks like the fjords using shades of teal, grey and orange. If you put it under a UV-lighting, you’ll be able to see the aurora come into sight in between the fjords.