Post-Brexit blue passports to be rolled out from next month
The first blue passports will be issued and delivered in early March and from mid-2020 all passports will be blue, the government has confirmed.
They will replace burgundy passports, which were gradually rolled out from 1988.
The blue cover is a return to the original appearance of the British passport, with the colour first used in 1921.
It remained the colour of choice until the UK joined the EU when a change to burgundy was agreed and adopted.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “Leaving the European Union gave us a unique opportunity to restore our national identity and forge a new path in the world.
“By returning to the iconic blue and gold design, the British passport will once again be entwined with our national identity and I cannot wait to travel on one.”
People with valid, burgundy passports can continue to use their passport for travel until it expires.