Who Prints Your Passport?

Ever wonder who is responsible for printing your country’s passport? Below we’ve compiled a list of every country in the world and its respective passport printer.

Passport printing is a high-stakes job and only the most secure companies and facilities are up to the task. Many security features go into a passport, such as special holograms, fibers, tamper-proof materials and electronic information, that make it next to impossible to forge or counterfeit. Passport specifications are set out by the International Civil Aviation Organization, but each country can choose which security features to include in its passport.

Secure printing is not easy, but the below companies can handle producing the world’s most secure travel documents.

Our list is a work in progress. If you have any additions or corrections for us, please don’t hesitate to let us know at [email protected].

COUNTRYCOMPANY
AfghanistanAfghan Ministry of Interior
AlbaniaIdemia
AlgeriaHôtel des Monnaies de la Banque d’Algérie. e-Cover by Gemalto a Thales Group
American Samoa
AndorraIdemia
Angola
Antigua & BarbudaCanadian Bank Note
ArgentinaHID / Mühlbauer / Casa de Moneda SE
ArmeniaPolish Security Printing Works 
AustraliaProduction: Note printing Australia eCover: Gemalto a Thales Group
AustriaÖsterreichische Staatsdruckerei GmbH (OeSD)
AzerbaijanSemlex Group
BahamasDe La Rue
Bahrain
BangladeshDe La Rue
Barbados
Belarus
BelgiumGemalto a Thales Group
Belize
BeninIN Groupe
Bhutan
BoliviaIN Groupe
Bosnia & HerzegovinaMuehlbauer
BotswanaGiesecke & Devrient / Veridos
BrazilCasa da Moeda do Brasil
British Virgin Islands
Brunei Darussalam
BulgariaPrinting Works of the Bulgarian National Bank Corp.
Burkina FasoIdemia
BurundiCONTEC Global
Cambodia
CameroonDe La Rue
CanadaCanadian Bank Note
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
ChadIdemia
ChileIdemia
China
ColombiaProduction: Thomas Greg & Sons eChip: Gemalto a Thales Group
ComorosSemlex Group
Costa Rica
CroatiaAKD Ltd.
Cuba
CyprusVeridos
Czech RepublicSTÁTNÍ TISKÁRNA CENIN
Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa)Semlex Group
DenmarkGemalto a Thales Group
DjiboutiIN Groupe
DominicaCanadian Bank Note
Dominican Republic
East TimorGemalto
EcuadorInstituto Geográfico Militar by Gestión de Tecnología
Egypt
El SalvadorSemlex Group
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
EstoniaHID Group. Previously by Gemalto a Thales Group
EthiopiaIdemia
FijiIdemia
FinlandGemalto a Thales Group
FranceIN Groupe
GabonIN Groupe / Semlex Group
GeorgiaIdemia
GermanyBundesdruckere
Ghana
Greece
GrenadaCanadian Bank Note
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-BissauSemlex Group
GuyanaCanadian Bank Note
HaitiGiesecke & Devrient/Veridos
HondurasPolish Security Printing Works S.A.
Hong KongC & C Security Printing Company Ltd.
HungaryPenzjegynyomda
IcelandPolish Security Printing Works S.A.
IndiaIndia Security Press
IndonesiaPerum Percetakan Uang Ri (The Indonesian Government Security Printing and Minting Corp.)
Iran
Iraq
IrelandSmurfit Kappa Security Concepts Limited
Israel
ItalyProduction: Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato eChip: Gemalto a Thales Group
Ivory CoastIN Groupe
JamaicaCanadian Bank Note
JapanJapan National Printing Bureau
Jordan
KazakhstanBanknote Factory of the National Bank of Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
KosovoVeridos
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
LatviaGiesecke & Devrient/Veridos/ePassport by Gemalto a Thales Group
LebanonIN Groupe/ePassport by Gemalto a Thales Group
Lesotho
Liberia
Liechtenstein
LithuaniaPolish Security Printing Works 
LuxembourgVeridos/ePassport by Gemalto a Thales Group
Lybia
MacauC & C Security Printing Company Ltd.
MadagascarSemlex Group and Veridos
MalawiTechno Brain Global FZE
MalaysiaDatasonic Group Berhad
Maldives
MaliIdemia
MaltaDe La Rue/ePassport Gemalto a Thales Group
Marshall Islands
MauritaniaIdemia
Mauritius
MexicoVeridos
Micronesia
MoldovaSemlex Group/ePassport Gemalto a Thales Group
MonacoIdemia
Mongolia
MontenegroMuehlbauer
MoroccoProduction: State; eCover: Gemalto a Thales Group
MozambiqueSemlex Group
Myanmar, Burma
Namibia
Nauru
NepalIdemia
NetherlandsIdemia
New ZealandCanadian Bank Note
NicaraguaIdemia
NigerContec Global
NigeriaIris Corporation Berhad
North Korea
North MacedoniaGiesecke & Devrient Slovakia S.R.O./Veridos
NorwayGemalto a Thales Group
OmanePassport by Gemalto a Thales Group
Pakistan
Palau
Palestinian TerritoriesIN Groupe
PanamaIdemia
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
PeruIN Groupe / Gemalto
Philippines
PolandPolish Security Printing Works S.A.
PortugalImprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda/ ePassport Gemalto a Thales Group
QatarDe La Rue
Republic of Congo (Brazzaville)
RomaniaImprimeria Nationala
Russian FederationGoznak
Rwanda
Saint Kitts & NevisCanadian Bank Note
Saint LuciaCanadian Bank Note
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
ScotlandDe La Rue
SenegalIris Corporation Berhad
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra LeoneDe La Rue
SingaporeToppan Security Printing Singapore. PC Data Page Gemalto a Thales Group
SlovakiaGiesecke & Devrient Slovakia S.R.O. / Idemia
Slovenia
Solomon IslandsIris Corporation Berhad
Somalia
South AfricaGovernment Printing / Gemalto a Thales Group
South KoreaKorea Minting, Security Printing & ID Card Operating Corp.
South SudanMuehlbauer
SpainRoyal Mint of Spain
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland
SwedenGemalto a Thales Group
SwitzerlandOrell Füssli AG
Syria
Taiwan
TajikistanBanknote Factory of the National Bank of Kazakhstan
TanzaniaSmurfit Kappa Security Concepts Limited
Thailand
The Gambia
Tibet
TogoCanadian Bank Note
TongaCanadian Bank Note
Trinidad & TobagoCanadian Bank Note
Tunisia
TurkeyGemalto a Thales Group
TurkmenistanGiesecke & Devrient / Veridos
Tuvalu
Uganda
UkraineState Enterprise ‘Polygraph Combine “Ukraina” for Securities Production’
United Arab EmiratesBundesdruckere
United KingdomGemalto a Thales Group
United StatesUnited States Government Publishing Office and the United States Department of State
ePassport by Gemalto
UruguayIN Groupe
Uzbekistan
VanuatuANY Security Printing Company PLC
Vatican City
VenezuelaGiesecke & Devrient/Veridos
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

*Passport Index has compiled the above list using extensive open-source research. Not all countries and companies are listed. Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you feel any part of our list is out of date or incorrect.

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