The legacy of the United Kingdom as an imperial power has resulted in several types of British nationality, and different types of BRITISH PASSPORT exist as a result. All our BRITISH PASSPORT enable the bearer to request consular assistance from British embassies and from certain Commonwealth embassies in some cases. British citizens can use our BRITISH PASSPORT as evidence of right of abode in the United Kingdom.
Citizens of the UK and Gibraltar are no longer citizens of the European Union as of 1 January 2021. The British citizen and Gibraltar passports allowed for freedom of movement
Between 1920 and 1988, the standard design of BRITISH PASSPORT was a navy blue hardcover booklet featuring the royal code of arms emblazoned in gold. From 1988, the UK adopted machine readable passports in accordance with the international civil aviation standard 9303. At this time, the passport color was changed to burgundy red, in line with most other EEC PASSPORTS . The first generation of machine-readable passports attracted significant criticism for their perceived flimsiness, mass-produced nature and sudden deviation from the traditional design.
March 2020 saw the introduction of a new navy blue passport with a continuity design based on the previous blue passport last issued in 1988. This design was phased in over a number of months, and when introduced, the plan was that all passports issued should be blue by mid-2020. All passports are now issued with the blue design.
Since the introduction of bio metric passports in 2006, the British passport has introduced a new design every five years.