Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria are all countriesthat have their fair share of hardship.
They are unfortunately burdened by war, instabilityand other problems.
But if the citizens of these countries triesto catch a break and go on vacation, their trouble doesn’t stop there.
They also have a very limited selection ofthe world available to them visa-free.
Afghanistan has the worst passport in theworld in terms of visa-free travel.
They only have access to 29 other countries.
On the other hand, if you’re born in thewestern world, your passport probably opens a lot more of the world for you.
The best passport until recently was the Germanone, with a lot of other European nations and some of the richest Asian countries comingin close behind.
The strength of the passport is determinedby a lot of factors, such as your country’s relation to other countries, national wealthand the reputation of your fellow citizens.
Are they considered “desireable tourists”? And deals like “If you let my people in, I’ll let your people in”.
Overall it’s sort of a popularity contest.
Germany is the popular kid in class whilemost countries don’t want to play with Afghanistan.
Recently the spot as the best passport, gottaken by the United Arab Emirates.
They can get visa on arrival or have completelyvisa-free access to 167 countries.
And it makes sense.
Who wouldn’t wanna be on the good side ofthe Emirates? They are rich! They have the tallest building in the world.
They have convenient air connections hubsin Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
But is it really necessary with visa-freeaccess to 167 countries? Well, a bunch of them are just small and closeto unknown island nations.
Sure they have nice beaches, but do the SolomonIslands, Charles Islands and the Marshall Islands, all really need to form their ownindependent countries? “Maybe”.
But more importantly, do you really need tovisit them all? They’re tiny, somehow rarely newsworthyand one of them is even fictitious.
The country of Nauru only has a populationof 10000 people.
I’m certain it’s 10000 warm and wonderfulpeople, but only 10000 nonetheless.
It’s so small, that you could drive aroundthe whole country in 25 minutes.
It sound completely bori… Okay, Nauru actually looks amazing.
But If you could choose between Brazil andthe Vatican, where would you go? Brazil has destinations to see for many months, while the vatican could be seen in an afternoon! Size just does matter.
So we shouldn’t just count countries, weshould count areas and in that case, the South Korean passport is the best in the world.
It comes with access to 68.
6% of earths landmass.
Behind we have Singapore and then Chile.
We could also consider if you wanted to makeas many friends as possible.
Which passport would let you mingle with thebiggest population visa-free? In that case Singapore is best it gives you access to 85% of the worlds population.
A more interesting second-tier is San Marinoclose behind with 84% of all people.
Yep, for some reason, people from the small city state enclosed in Italy, can visit the most populous countries in the world.
They can go to China, India, The US, Indonesia and Brazil all visa-free! But lets say you just care about the sherenumber of countries.
If you’re so lucky to have dual citizenship, which is the best combination you could have? If you were both French and Italian, you’dhave two of the best passports in the world! But you wouldn’t get access to any extracountries by having a second passport.
Both Italian and French citizens are let intothe exact same countries.
It turns out the best combination is to be from theUAE and Hong Kong.
Both of them are strong citizenships and theyboth offer travel freedom to a few places the other doesn’t have.
What if we wanted to have access to everycountry? What would be the minimum amount of citizenshipswe would need? Well, for starters: Afghanistan only let Afghancitizens in without a visa.
So we would need an Afghan passport.
It’s a bit funny, that we have to selectthe worlds worst passport as the first in our combination, but there no way around it.
And maybe being an Afghan citizen is not sobad? They have some amazing nature and incrediblemountains.
North Korea is the same – they also onlylet their own citizens in, so we would also need to get a North Korean citizenship.
But with all the wonderful stuff your hearabout North Korean, who wouldn’t want to live there? Turkmenistan is almost in the same category, by only allowing Turkmens in, but they acutally have a visa-free agreement for the Kazakhsand Uzbeks living in the border regions.
If we live in the Atyrau Province or MangystauProvince, we can go to Turkmenistan 5 days a week.
Rent and living cost are cheap and Kazakhstan, it is an interesting place, so why not? Libya is strict in the same way, but theyhave an agreements with Jordan and Tunisia, and Egypt for their residents of Matrouh Governoratein – but only on Wednesdays and Thursdays of cause.
It turns out, that you’d need a least 9citizenships to cover the entire world.
One possible combination would be Afghanistan, Cameroon, Germany, Kazakhstan, Maldives, North Korea, Tunisia, Uganda and the United ArabEmirates.