The Best Passport Debate
And so it continues, which nationality has the best passport?
All the lists quote the BEST PASSPORT based purely on the fact of not needing to obtain a visa prior to arriving.
I don't care if I need a visa prior to visiting my next country or if I can get an e visa or if I can get a visa on arrival (VOA).
As a backpacker, I wanna know how many countries I can visit for free. That means no visa, no evisa, no VOA, no tourist card (Cuba) and no exit fee (Israel). Period!
This renewed 'fire' came about because 'new figures' were recently published for what is known as the 'passport Index'.
If you look at the visa requirements map on 'wikipedia' for citizens of the United States, pan across to South America. You see different shades of green for almost each country. Peru - visa on arrival, Brazil - electronic authorization or online payment required, Argentina - visa free and Venezuela - visa required.
Check the map for British Citizens for South America. All the same shade of green, no visa & no fee access bar French Guyana which is blue = freedom of movement as mainland France and Suriname which is just a 35$ tourist card. Compare that to the fee for citizens of the USA to visit Brazil, $160. Canadians, $65.
The same goes for Bolivia. UK citizens, free access, US citizens, $160. And again for Paraguay. How can paying $160 to enter a country be classed as a plus point, just as it is a VOA? The list published by HENLEY PASSPORT INDEX is seriously flawed and misleading!
So here is my extensively researched and compiled list for the best passport, how I think it should be published, when a country allows a nationality FREE - ACCESS to their country. This is denoted by a ✔. The total number of ✔s appears at the end!
It features the 197 countries as recognized by the UN.
Sg: Singapore, Jp: Japan, De: Germany, Fr: France, Kr: South Korea, UK: United Kingdom, USA: United States,
AUS: Australia, NZ: New Zealand, HK: Hong Kong, TW: Taiwan, SA: South Africa, CN: China, AFG: Afghanistan
Sg: Singapore, Jp: Japan, De: Germany, Fr: France, Kr: South Korea, UK: United Kingdom, USA: United States, AUS: Australia, NZ: New Zealand, HK: Hong Kong, TW: Taiwan, SA: South Africa, CN: China, AFG: Afghanistan
|DRC||✔||Box 3||Box 3|
|Congo||yes||no||✔||Box 3||Box 10|
|Costa Rica||yes||no||✔||Box 3||Box 10|
|Cote d'Ivoire||yes||no||✔||Box 3||Box 10|
|Croatia||yes||no||✔||Box 3||Box 10|
|Cuba||yes||no||✔||Box 3||Box 10|
|Cyprus||yes||no||✔||Box 3||Box 10|
|Czech||yes||no||✔||Box 3||Box 10|
|Denmark||✔||Box 3||Box 3|
|Djibouti||yes||no||✔||Box 3||Box 10|
|Dominica||yes||no||✔||Box 3||Box 10|
|Dom Republic||yes||no||✔||Box 3||Box 10|
Table designed by WEEBLYTRICKS.
Table indicates which nationality gets FREE access to which country. Not pre arranged visa, not Evisa, not VOA, not a costly tourist-card, just FREE ACCESS, ie, no fee to enter, no fee to leave - welcomed with open arms, not open (your) wallet!
I'm not bashing on about how good the British passport is. It is good but thanks to our leaders, getting into Iran for one, remains a mission where as they grant visa free access or at least a VOA to so many countries For us and our friends across the pond, they give us such a major headache especially when the Iranians I have met are simply awesome and their country remains high on my places I want to visit.
The top 2 countries on the HENLEY list are Singapore and Japan. Holders of these passports get 30 day visa free access to Uzbekistan, Mongolia, 15 days in China and also VOA for Iran. Between them they need visas in advance for Venezuela, Guyana and Namibia which are free for UK citizens. They need to get visas before hand for Ethiopia and Burkina Faso but it's hardly a disadvantage as our VOA is not free.
Citizens of South Korea have it good. No visa required for Liberia, Uzbekistan, Russia AND the VOA for Iran. From March 2015 they will get visa free entry to Armenia.
One of the bizarest examples of countries being given visa-free access is Central African Republic CAR. They grant just 16 countries visa free access, 14 of them are African, Central African and the USA and Isreal. How the hell did that happen? and another example, Equatorial Guinea. They grant just 8 countries visa free access. 5 Central African countries, China, Barbados and the USA!