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Basic Information on verifying International Passports and Visas


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International Passports and Visas

International Passports and Visas are very sensitive and important documents. They are thus worthy of verifying before being accepted for use or presented as proof of identity.

Usually, all international passports are issued by the respective embassies and home offices of nations. Getting an international passport from another source apart from the ones mentioned above makes it prone to being a false document.

All international passports have special and unique numbers attached to them. Included also is duration for its validity and bio-metric data of the holder.

Generally there are just about only four International passport colour globally. These include: red, green blue and black.

For example, Some Countries with red passports colour include Turkey, Albania, China, Serbia, Russia, Latvia, Romania, Poland, Slovenia and Georgia. have red passports. Member countries of the European Union, except Croatia, also use passports of burgundy and other shades of red.

Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Saudi Arabia, Guinea, Burkina Faso, etc are examples of nations with green international passports.

Nations with the blue international passports include The United States of America, Cuba, Belize, South Sudan, etc.

Examples of nations issuing Black international passport include Botswana, Zambia, Burundi, Gabon, Angola, Chad, Congo, and Malawi.

Passports are also categorized into groups. These include:

Diplomatic, official, and regular passport. Each type of national passport type has a different cover colour.

Diplomatic passport: Usually issued only to diplomats, consul and government officials as well as the head of state, delegation members of the Congress or government, who are going abroad for national affairs or activities. These type is also issued to the spouse and the children of the above personnel.

Official passport: It is issued for government offices of a country. Also granted this type of passport are embassies or consulates abroad staff along with their spouse and the grown-up children.

Regular: It is issued to all other citizens of the country for going abroad,

Generally, to verify the authenticity of international Passport of visa, : the following steps might be useful:

Go online  to the country' s website and …..

1.         Click on “General Inquiry”.

2.         Enter necessary details in the visa page

3.         If the visa is genuine, the website will display the status and expiry date.

Countries in the European Union had set up a mechanism and a body to verify issues relating to International Passports and visas.

The PRADO - Public Register of Authentic travel and identity Documents Online offers information on respective nations embassies where verification on issues on passports and visas can be directed to. 

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