Belgium has launched its new passport design with some notable changes. The European nation has added comic book characters such as Tintin and the Smurfs in the passport design.
The Belgian government said the decision to change the passport design is not only to pay them tribute but also its different design makes it even harder to copy or duplicate.
As per the government, the new passport price will remain the same at 35 Euros for minors and 65 Euros for adults. Interested citizens can apply for a new passport from 7 February.
Belgian government officials emphasizes that the new passport is even more secure than earlier. They thanked new security and personalization techniques.
The 34-page passport is designed in collaboration with the anti-fraud specialization of the Federal Police, and the document is manufactured by a consortium of two companies named Thales and Zetes.
The Belgian Foreign Ministry informed that a temporary exhibition would conduct till 6 February, regarding the history of the country’s passport at the Comics Museum in Brussels.
The new design pays tribute to several iconic comic books such as The Adventures of Tintin, Willy and Wanda and The Smurfs.
The announcement of the new Belgian passport was welcomed worldwide, with great joy and appreciation by comic books lovers. Some internet users outside Belgium joked that they are so obsessed with the new passport, are thinking to apply for new Belgian passport.
On the other hand, some other comic book characters are being criticized for some of their “questionable attitudes“. Adding these fictional characters in the design of the passport was an appealing idea.