Published On: Fri, Oct 12th, 2018

Travel: The World’s Most Powerful Passports

Some passports afford their bearers more freedom than others and this week, Japan has named the country with the world’s most powerful passport by the Henley Passport Index. At the beginning of this month, Myanmar granted Japanese citizens visa-free access, meaning visa-Japanese passport holders now have visa-free access or visa-on-arrival access to an impressive 190 countries. Another island nation in Asia, Singapore, is in second place with 189 destinations. France, Germany and South Korea all follow with visa-free travel to 188 jurisdictions.

Even though the United States is further down the ranking, the American passport still yields considerable power. U.S passport holders can travel to 186 countries without major restrictions. That’s a level of freedom also enjoyed by citizens in Austria, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

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The World’s Most Expensive Passports

The price of a passport depends heavily on your nationality. In the United States, a $110 application fee and $25 acceptance fee add up to $135. Even though that may seem expensive, other countries have to fork out much more. According to Go Euro, Turkey has the most expensive passport in the world at $251. It would take about 95 hours of minimum wage work to afford one compared to just 19 hours on the minimum wage in the United States. A passport is also a huge investment for Mexicans. It costs $155 and an average person on the minimum wage would have to work a whopping 266 hours to afford one.

Infographic: The World's Most Expensive Passports | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista

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