Passport Facts You Must Know
Did you know that it was Benjamin Franklin who ordered the printing the first US passports? This happened in 1783. Today, 1 in 3 US Americans has a passport – this shows that though Americans love travelling, most of them are just visiting places in their own country and have not been abroad.
Every 2.5 seconds, one passport is printed in the UK. This makes up to about 5 million passports being printed annually. Each year, approximately 25,000 passports are being lost or stolen.
Did you know that most passports around the world have a red cover? Though they are in different shades of red, more passports’ covers are still in red than in green, black or blue. The UK passport is also known as the “red book” whereas the US passport is referred to as the “blue book”.
Since 2002, over 40 million travel documents and passports have been stolen or lost. This statistic is actually registered on an Interpol database.
Did you know that Queen Elizabeth II doesn’t need a passport to travel abroad? Since she issued the British passport, she does not need to carry a passport as otherwise she would have to issue one to herself. However, all other members of the Royal Family must have passports.
Did you know that passports from Turkey are the most expensive? The passport fee that citizens must pay so they can get a passport is about 100 times higher that passports from Swaziland, where a passport just costs 3 dollars.
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