While some travellers are able to stay abroad for months or even years, others are subject to expenses Visas, strict time limits or even long waiting processes.
Why is there this division?
Which are the most and least powerful passports?
Passports tend to reflect the international position of its country, then of course, countries with positive diplomatic relations, tend to have stronger passports.
On the other hand countries involved in international conflicts, have a less powerful passport.
How long to get a visa?
Generally you get the visa 60 days after your application or the visa’s interview, anyways this time can vary depending on where the consulate is located, the price also changes depending on from which country you are, where you are going to and the purpose of the journey.
To go to some countries you need the Visa, to go to some other countries you can go Visa free, and to go to some other countries you need the Visa on arrival.
What does Visa on arrival mean?
It means Visa on arrival.
That let you obtain your visa upon landing at your destination instead of having it in hand before you even get on the plane.
Ok, now I list some of the most and least powerful passports!
At the end I link you the website where you can check if from your country you need the Visa, the Visa on arrival, an electronic travel authorization, or simply nothing.
Remember that these are the statistics of the Henley Passport Index and are based on data released by the Canadian-based International Air Transport Association (IATA).
The most powerful passport is the Japanese, whom citizens can travel to 190 countries without Visa (or obtain one upon arrival), Japan has overtook Singapore that in 2017 was at the first one, and now…
…it is the second! Citizens of this small country in the south of Malaysia, can travel to 189 nations, Singapore in fact, being a global financial centre has kept good diplomatic relatonships with many countries.
At the third place we find 3 countries: Germany, France and South Korea.
Germany has fallen to the 3rd place, while France and South Korea moved up when France gained Visa free access to Uzbekistan and South Korea with Myanmar.
With 187 countries Visa free we have: Denmark, Finland, Italy, Spain and Sweden.
If by chance you have the Italian passport, know that you can enter in almost any European country without any paperwork, but you will still need a visa to go to Russia, China, India, Saudi Arabia and others. For other common destinations like Austrialia, United States and Canada yo need to obtain an electronic travel authorization in advance (it should cost 10-15€).
Now the least powerful, or the first from the bottom.
Iraq and Afghanistan are positioned at the least desirable passport in terms of how many countries to which they allow their holders to travel, they are just 30.
Then with the least visa free accesses we find Syria and Somalia, with 32 countries, Pakistan 33, Yemen 37, Eritrea, Palestinian territory and Sudan at 39 etc…
These coutries have a low number of visa free accesses so their movement to other countries is limited from their passport.
In addition, in some cases there may also be other kinds of restrinctions.
For example with the North Korean passport a person can travel to more countries compared to the Iraqis, indeed, North Koreans can travel to dozens of countries without prearranging a visa, some countries like Singapore, Malaysia and Kyrgyzstan, don’t ask for a visa at all, but…
…North Koreans need an exit visa from their own government to travel abroad and as you might expect, those documents are usually rejected.
Another factor to take into cosideration is the price of the passport, it should be affordable, in Syria the last year a new amendment raised the fees to 400$ for regular applications, and given that the minimum wage in Syria is around 50$ per month, just few people can afford it.
Here you can check where you can go with your passport!