These days it appears that there is a competition between countries to create special passports that bearers can be proud of. For example, the Finland’s passport doubles as a flip book of a walking moose (shown in a GIF image below), and the pages of Norwegian passports turn into a night scene with the Northern Lights overhead when placed under UV lights.
With every new update, there seems to be another surprise hidden somewhere inside and the Canadian passports which were are no exception. Now, Canadians have the option of having their passports made valid for 10 years instead of the original 5, while the pages inside depict historical events and quotes few even knew about. What’s more, when you hold a new Canadian passport under a UV blacklight, you find some mesmerizing images appearing, colouring in the faded historical settings. It’s normal for passports to have security features (including the contactless integrated circuit of an electronic device in the pages) that are revealed thus, but when it is done for pure aesthetics, we have to smile with pleasure.
Funny part is, the passport offices rarely tell you about this feature. That was the case with me as I stood in line to have my passport renewed, put in my application for the 10-year version and walked away without ever learning about the fun to be had with these new documents. Now I can only stare in awe as I watch the faded images come to life, with the optically variable ink that the festival-like imagery is printed in glowing to show off glowing maple leaves and fireworks that pop out from the page. There seems to be a party happening in these pages and all the while I knew nothing about it. It begs the question of exactly how many Canadians are completely unaware of the lovely tricks placed in these newest passports!
Thank to one particular Reddit member who uploaded a series of spectacular illustrations on the pages of his new Canadian passport, we can say for sure that it’s now the most beautiful passport in the world leaving the Norwegian one behind.
Check out for yourself how the passport pages look like under normal light vs black light:
Looks cool, hah? What do you think? Want one? 🙂
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