Thank you for contacting me about the change in passport colour.
The decision to leave the EU gives this country a unique opportunity to restore national identity and forge a new path in the world. In that vein, the decision to change the cover of our passports from the standard EU burgundy colour to a blue and gold design is a confident one that makes clear we can create a new and better future for our great nation.
The new blue passport will be one of the most secure travel documents in the world, with a raft of new and updated security features and technologies to protect against fraud and forgery. For example, the current paper-based personal details page will be replaced with a new, plastic polycarbonate material that will be more difficult to alter.
New blue and gold passports will be issued from October 2019 as part of a routine redesign of UK passports that helps to guard against counterfeiting. I must challenge those who have said that this change will cost £500 million, as the reality is that the new passport will come at no extra cost to the taxpayer. Blue passports will be issued under the next contract to design, manufacture, and personalise each UK passport, and as part of a routine redesign there is no additional cost to change the colour.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
Uploaded: April 2018