One of the main concerns we have when travelling overseas is whether we need a visa or not. If we need a visa, then we have to think about the cost and how long before the trip we should apply. Add to that the fact that people of certain nationalities have to attend an interview in person at the consulate. Can you imagine?
On the other side of the spectrum, you can find those nationalities that have the privilege to travel to most countries without a visa. With that in mind, I was asking myself what are the best passports in the world. Who are those nationals to whom most doors are open?
As of January 2017, the best passport in the world is the German one. At the moment, Germans can travel to 158 countries totally visa-free or get the visa on arrival. Sounds great, right? Most of the following positions are occupied by multiple countries, for the simple reason that several countries can travel to the same number of destinations without a visa.
Right behind Germany, in second place, we’ll find Singapore and Sweden. People from both countries can travel to 157 countries or territories without a visa. So, what about your country? Where’s the UK, where’s the USA?
Just check out the Top 15 countries with best passports for travel and below that, let’s take a look at the least privileged nationalities for travel.
Top 15 Best Passports in The World
1- Germany (Can travel to 158 countries without a visa or with visa on arrival)
2- Singapore and Sweden (Can travel to 157 countries without a visa or with visa on arrival)
5- Canada, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand (154 countries)
6- Australia, Greece, South Korea (153 countries)
7- The Czech Republic and Iceland (152)
8- Hungary (151 countries)
9- Malta and Poland (150 countries)
10- Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia (149 countries)
11- Estonia (148 countries)
12- Liechtenstein (147 countries)
13- Cyprus (145 countries)
15- Romania (142 countries)
Now, what about those nationalities that have to endure a visa application almost every time they need to travel overseas? Can you imagine having to apply for a visa, showing your bank statement, going to a consulate every time you book a holiday? That’s the reality for most people in the world, so let’s see which countries occupy the bottom 10 positions. Any guess? For this one, I thought it would be more interesting to do it in descending order. 🙂
Passports That Most Need Visas For Overseas Travel
10- Lebanon (They can travel to only 38 countries without a visa)
9- Lybia, Nepal and Palestine (Travel to only 37 countries visa-free)
8- Eritrea, Iran and Sudan (36 countries)
7- Bangladesh and Sri Lanka (35 countries)
6- Ethiopia and South Sudan (34 countries)
5- Somalia (30 countries)
4- Syria (29 countries)
3- Iraq (28 countries)
2- Pakistan (26 countries)
1- Afghanistan (They can travel to only 23 countries visa-free)
Well, I think it doesn’t come as a surprise that Afghanistan is at the bottom of the list. The good news is that the Afghan government is trying to modernise their passports, in the hope to get more reliability and give the country a better reputation.
If your country is not on any of these lists, you can check out this site that does the annual survey.
What’s your nationality and what’s your position on the list? Tell us in the comments!