Did You Know That Canadian Passports Glow?

Did you know that Canadian passports glow in many colours?

Canadians not only have one of the most popular passports, but also the most picturesque passport in the world. This may not be known to the great majority of Canadians, unless you have a black light source.

Since July 1st, 2013, every page in the Canadian “e-Passport” has invisible pictures of Canadian scenes and subjects imbedded in it, which can be made visible with the aid of a black light source. This is a light or lamp that gives off harmless, highly energetic, ultraviolet light, which is invisible to humans. The “optically variable inks” used for the coloured pictures printed on your passport pages absorb ultraviolet light and re-emit it at different wave lengths. This makes the light visible and appear to glow under black light.

As well, Canada’s Passport has just been selected by Henley & Partners, the global leader in rating residence and citizenship, to be in the seventh spot among the world’s passports as far as its popularity is concerned. It shares the 7th place wit the passports of Australia, Czechia, Greece and Malta. Sixth in popularity is the passport of the US, sharing that spot with New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and the UK.

The rating does not consider the  current Covidd-19 situation around the world which has, of course, induced many countries to introduce special emergency control measures (such as vaccinations) to limit access from other countries, and even for its own returning citizens (such as snowbirds).

People with Canadian Passports generally have visa-free access to 185 countries (again currently considering the Covid-restrictions of those countries).

The Japanese and Singapore passports topped the Henley list. Canada was in the second spot in 2014.

Be warned. Your passport facial photo is among the printed images, so if the printed photo affixed to the ID page 2 of your passport is not the same, the Customs Officer will know immediately that the passport is false!

Note: A Google search will show you how some of the images appear under black light.


Written by

Peter Iden is a resident of Wasaga Beach and a Naturalist and Photographer who has a broad range of knowledge of the natural world. Peter is also a volunteer Warden for the Piping Plover Recovery Programme with the Friends of Nancy Island.

Email: cmis-cbc@rogers.com

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