Passports of the European Union

The European Union itself does not issue ordinary passports, but ordinary passport booklets issued by its 28 member states share a common format. This common format features burgundy-coloured covers (with the exception of Croatia) emblazoned—in the official language(s) of the issuing country (and sometimes its translation into English and French)—with the title "European Union", followed by the name(s) of the member state, its coat of arms, the word "PASSPORT", together with the biometric passport symbol at the bottom centre of the front cover.

Some EU member states also issue non-EU passports to certain people who have a nationality which does not render them citizens of the European Union (e.g., British Overseas Territories Citizens except those with a connection to Gibraltar, British Protected Persons and British Subjects).

In addition, the European Commission issues European Union Laissez-Passers to the members and certain civil servants of its institutions.

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‘It’s very important for us that Ukraine wins. If Ukraine loses, Moldova will be next’

The Irish Times 03 Jun 2023
The EU has admitted Moldova as a candidate country for membership ... The vagaries of history mean many Moldovans are already entitled to an EU passport – for instance, if their grandparents were born while it was part of Romania before and during some of the second World War....

In Hungary, Ukraine's Roma Find Refuge From War But Not From Poverty

Radio Free Europe 03 Jun 2023
Despite Ukraine's ban on dual citizenship, many Roma from the region also hold Hungarian passports and identity documents and were thus ineligible for the EU's Temporary Protection, meaning that many of them ended up housed in mass shelters....

Putin's Party Expels MP Ready to Expose Kremlin Secrets for an EU Passport

Newsweek 01 Jun 2023
"For a European passport, Gadzhiev was ready to throw mud at everything that is close and dear to us," said one politician of ex-Duma deputy Magomed Gadzhiev .......

Passport e-gates were ‘upgraded’ by Border Force before IT chaos

The Times/The Sunday Times 01 Jun 2023
MPs have demanded that Border Force avoid routine upgrades of passport e-gates before school holidays after the disruption caused last week by a nationwide glitch ... Ministers seek deal with EU to let British passport-holders use e-gates....

Moscow Says 1.5Mln Russian Passports Issued in Occupied Ukraine

Moscow Times 30 May 2023
Russia has issued 1.5 million passports in occupied Ukrainian territories, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said Tuesday ... Kyiv has described the passport handouts as ... The EU has said it will not recognize Russian passports issued by Moscow in illegally occupied regions of Ukraine....

Surge in sales of holiday homes in Greece and Cyprus as MENA buyers target EU residency

Gulf News 30 May 2023
Greece’s Golden Visa Programme is one of the last remaining of its type in the EU and offers the cheapest access to the Schengen Zone ... Once issued, the Visa allows restriction-free travel in the EU Schengen Zone and if the applicants spend over 180 days per year in Greece, they qualify for an EU passport after 7 years....

New digital fraud statistics: forced verification and deepfake cases multiply at alarming rates in the ...

Maryville Daily Forum 30 May 2023
The least secure document type in the EU is passport (with fraud levels as high as 5% in Spain and 3.3% in Germany), but in the UK ID cards are being forged most often (3.4% of cases) ... Last quarter, the top three fraud types in both the UK and EU were identity document forgery ......

EXCLUSIVE British grandmother-of-five was held in Spanish immigration for five days without her phone, belongings ...

The Daily Mail 29 May 2023
A British grandmother-of-five was held in Spanish immigration without her phone, belongings or a change of clothes for five days - because her passport had dropped out of her hand luggage on the plane ... 'When I got to border control, I realised that my passport - which I'd had to board the plane - must have fallen out of my handluggage....

Britons bask on hottest day as passengers are scuppered by queues

The Times/The Sunday Times 29 May 2023
Temperatures reached 24.4C in Plymouth, narrowly topping the previous day’s record of 24.3C recorded in Bramham, West Yorkshire.Sponsored ... Related articles ... Lucinda Cameron. TRAVEL. Ministers seek deal with EU to let British passport-holders use e-gates ... ....

Delays at UK airports after e-gate failure

Dawn 28 May 2023
There are over 270 e-gates at 15 air and rail ports in the UK, according to the government, available to British nationals, EU citizens over the age of 12 as well as passport holders of several other countries, such as Australia and Canada ... their passports and enter the country....

Travellers faced long queues at major UK airports after electronic passport gates failed

The Observer 28 May 2023
Across UK airports, electronic passport gates replace border officers, allowing travellers to scan their ... Last month, the prime minister, Rishi Sunak, sought to set up an agreement with the EU to allow British passport holders to use e-gates when travelling to its member states....

Major delays as UK airports face border control system glitch

Gulf Daily News 28 May 2023
While many foreign visitors to Britain need to see a border control officer upon landing, others, including British, EU and US citizens, can use the automated gates known as e-gates to scan their passports and enter the country ... “What’s going on @HeathrowAirport? Just landed to scenes of utter chaos ... ....

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