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This publication is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/passport-design-changes/changes-to-the-design-of-british-passports
The design of British passports will change in 2019. This will happen in 2 stages.
Passports with an issue date of 30 March 2019 onwards
Burgundy passports that no longer include the words ‘European Union’ on the front cover will be introduced from 30 March 2019.
Passports that include the words European Union will continue to be issued for a short period after this date. You will not be able to choose whether you get a passport that includes the words European Union, or a passport that does not.
You will not be issued with a passport that includes the words European Union after the UK has left the EU.
There will be no difference for British citizens whether they are using a passport that includes the words European Union, or a passport that does not include the words European Union. Both designs will be equally valid for travel.
UK passports issued before the UK leaves the EU will remain valid travel documents. You do not have to replace a passport that meets your travel needs.
Blue passports issued from late 2019
The new blue passport design will start being issued from late 2019.
As with most new passport designs, blue passports will be phased in gradually.
If you renew your passport between late 2019 and early 2020, you’ll be issued with either a blue or a burgundy British passport. You will not be able to choose whether you get a burgundy or a blue passport during this time.
All British passports issued from early 2020 will be blue.