World’s Most Powerful Passports: Which Passport Is More Travel-Friendly British Or Spanish?

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PEOPLE with the greatest access to the world are, surprisingly or not, citizens in East Asia.

Japan and Singapore have the most travel-friendly passports, according to the Henley Passport Index, underscoring the global shifts in economic power. Both countries’ passports offer access to 190 countries.

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That said, owners of Spanish passports don’t fare too badly either, allowing entry into 187 countries and travel destinations without a visa (or with a visa on arrival or an e-Visa; that is, those that do not require prior arrangements at a consulate and are more of a financial tax than a barrier to entry). Leaving 39 other destinations needing visa applications.

This ranking makes the Spanish passport the fifth best passport for a traveller. A position shared with Luxembourg and Denmark and ahead of countries like France, Holland, Sweden or Switzerland. The Spanish travel-friendly passport is a reflection on the good relations and international stability invoked by Spain.

The United Kingdom, facing a looming Brexit date from the European Union shares the No. 6 position with the United States and seven other countries, with these citizens able to travel to 184 countries visa-free. The ranking for the U.S. is its lowest position since 2010, and a significant decline from its No. 1 ranking in 2014.



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