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Travel Tip: How Access to Countries Varies Depending on Your Passport

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passportWhich countries have the most powerful passports in the world?

That question actually comes down to which countries have the least amount of visa requirements for their citizens to travel elsewhere.

German citizens have visa-free access to 176 countries.

Swedish passport holders have visa-free access to 175 countries.

Holders of U.S. passports come in third. We have visa-free access to 174 countries.

We share that third place ranking with Denmark, Finland, Italy, and Spain.

Who’s at the bottom of the list?

Not surprisingly, holders of Syrian, Pakistani, Iraqi, and Afghani passports are the most restricted.

They have visa-free access to less than 30 countries.

But many other countries are losing ground in terms of passport power.

Last year, 48 countries saw their options reduced.

Brazil and China increased the number of visa-free opportunities.

What does this mean to you?

It means that U.S. passport holders have the option of going to 174 countries without restrictions.

That’s true travel freedom, and we should exercise that as often as we can.

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