UK passports have been made by British firm De La Rue until their contract recently expired.

They then lost out to Franco-Ditch firm Gemalto, who will create the new passports with an 11.5 year contract.

New passports are to be blue post-Brexit, made to reflect the country after it leaves the EU.

Yet the new manufacturer has a new way of creating the passports which could make them one of the most secure in the world.

It all is down to the way the pages in the travel document are made.

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UK passport: New firm Germalto could make British passports much stronger

Anyone attempting to tamper with it will find it more difficult as the pages then show signs of damage

In a recent release, it confirmed that for the first time the page in which the citizens information is on, will be made from polycarbonate instead of paper.

This makes it a much stronger passport due to being much more secure. Anyone attempting to tamper with it will find it more difficult as the pages then show signs of damage.

It is also much stronger than paper meaning they are durable and last longer over time.

Howard Berg, Managing Director of Gemalto UK Ltd, said to Business Wire: “We are delighted to have been selected by Her Majesty’s Passport Office to deliver the new generation of British passports.

“As a pioneer of cutting edge government document design, we’re confident that the new passports will be the most attractive and most secure ever, as befits the British traveller.”

Other countries which Gemalto has created passports for include Norway, Sweden, Finland and Singapore, many of which are known to be some of the strongest when it comes to travel.

However, the new firm has come under fire since many have branded it unpatriotic for using a manufacturer abroad instead of from the UK.

In 2016, the Phillipes created a “near impossible” to fake passport using a process called intaglio printing.

British passports have recently increased in price thanks to new changes being implemented.

Anyone wanting to apply by post will be in for a nasty shock.

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UK passport: The change could make them much harder to tamper with

A UK passport application or renewal  previously cost £72.50, which has since increased to £85 when applying by post.

This is a bid by the government to prevent any additional costs that come with posting the document.

Online applications have increased by just £3 to £75.50, whilst children’s passports have increased for both online and post to £49 and £58.80, respectively.

The latter sees a 27 per cent increase, set to hit families hard.

Thankfully, the UK doesn’t have the most expensive passport in the world  – but which country does?

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