The short answer to your question is YES there is special significance
to different colors of passports. The colors vary between countries
allowing for quick identification of nationality. Also, colors vary
within countries depending on the passport holder's status.
Below are some sample links describing the colors and roles of various
The red passport is issued only to government officials visiting
abroad on a diplomatic mission or an important programme. There are at
least 5,000 such passport holders who have been found misusing them, a
government official said Monday on condition of anonymity.
KODIAK ISLAND BOUROUGH
OFFICIAL PASSPORT (Red Passport - NO FEE)
Civilian employees of the U.S. and family members are not exempt from
passport requirements. .. DOD civilian employees and family members
who do not possess either the official (red) passport or a "no fee"
passport must have a tourist passport when traveling between
If grantee is already a holder of an official (red) passport, he/she
shall submit it to the DFA for revalidation.
If you had a red passport, you barely had to stop. I fell under
"other nationals" with my blue US passport and stood in the short line
to speak with UK immigration.
THE HISTORY OF PASSPORTS IN CANADA
"That same year, the Canadian Citizenship Act, which stipulates that
only Canadian citizens are eligible for a Canadian passport, came into
effect. The familiar blue passport booklet with pale pink pages
similar to the booklets with blue pages issued to British subjects
appeared at that time."
" Sergei Zaletin, the commander of the last mission to Mir, had also
been slated to go on this mission, but was unable to because of
bureaucratic difficulties. Russian citizens have three types of
passports: green (diplomatic), blue (business) and red (regular).
Cosmonaut Zaletin, like all members of the Russian military, has a
blue passport. Blue passport holders can only get visas through the
Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs -- a lengthy and complicated
13.4. Renewal of Blue Passport for Refugees and Persons without
For further information, follow my search strategy for other colors
besides red and blue.
US "BLUE passport"
US "Red passport"
Note: I found that if I used a country abbreviation (UK or UK) in my
search terms I got better results. There are too many products called
"Passport" that come in various colors. :-):
Thanks for an interesting question --