Song and Dance about new style passports

Citizenship authorities revealed Latvia's new passport format Wednesday, and in future citizens will be cutting quite a dash at border control points worldwide with the stylish new documents.

On Wednesday, the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (PMLP) began to issue the new passports which will be the fourth format since the restoration of independence in 1991.

The new citizen's passport model has improved security features as well as an attractive new look which is based upon the Latvian Song and Dance Festival, a PMLP press release said. 

Passport pages inside use the motif of the Song and Dance Festival to "symbolize the joy of life and progress towards a common goal," as well as symbols of "national unity and strength of spirit."

A unifying graphic element that runs through all the pages of the passport is the famous Lielvārdes belt, while watermarks feature a dancing couple and the national instrument, the kokle.

In the coming months PMLP plans to adapt the new design for use in diplomatic passports, Latvian non-citizens' passports and travel documents for stateless persons.

PMLP also reminded passport-holders their current passports remain perfectly valid until the expiry date, so there is no need to rush for a new one, no matter how good they look.

The new designs ca be seen here.

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