Five Nations Passport Group

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The Five Nations Passport Group is an international forum between the passport issuing authorities in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States to "share best practices and discuss innovations related to the development of passport policies, products and practices",[1] thereby ensuring that the five countries work collectively towards achieving a secure travel document, safe international travel and protecting national borders.[2]

The annual Five Nations Passport Conference is a largely informal in-person meeting between officials of the participating agencies, with some additional invited guests such as the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2011. It has taken place at least as far back as 2004.[3]

Participating agencies[edit]


Passports in circulation in Five Nations countries[edit]

Passports in circulation Population Percentage
Australia 13,864,033[4]
(2017 estimate)
Canada 23,200,000[5]
(2016 census)
New Zealand 2,900,000[6] 4,836,450
(2017 estimate)
UK 49,206,370[7]
(2016 estimate)
US 136,114,038*[8]
(2017 fiscal year)
(2017 estimate)
*includes passport cards

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Passport Canada: International comparison of passport-issuing authorities Archived September 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Accountant profile – Adeel Archived June 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Five Nations Passport Group meetings - a Freedom of Information request to HM Passport Office". 26 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Consular State of Play 2016–17. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  5. ^ Passport Program Annual Report for 2015–2016. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  6. ^ Observatory of Public Sector Innovation: "Online Passport Renewal Service (ORS)". OECD. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  7. ^ Freedom of Information request to HM Passport Office. 17 February 2017. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  8. ^ Passport Statistics. U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs. Retrieved 24 November 2017.