The strongest passport is one that allows VISA-FREE travel to the majority of the world’s countries. The passport grows weaker and weaker as the VISA-FREE number decreases.
Now, what are some of the world’s strong and weak passports?
Generally speaking the majority of affluent countries have strong passports. These countries have strong economies and stable political environments. On the other side Passports from developing countries are typically weak. These countries are either struggling with or recovering from political and economic instabilities.
Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Germany, and Italy have some of the world’s strongest passports, according to Henley & Partners Passport Index (Feb 2020) and same index states that some of the weak passports in the world are Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and Somalia.
Now, how you can transform your weak passport to a strong passport?
It’s difficult to travel with a shaky passport, but it’s not the end of the world. You can transform a weak passport into a strong passport with a little work and strategy. Although not the strongest, it is far more powerful than your existing passport.
Your travel history will not strengthen your passport, but it will increase your chances of getting a visa. The more travel history you have, the better your chances of getting a visa. Your travel history suggests that you do not intend to enter the country illegally. If you wanted to stay illegally, you could have done so in any of the nation’s you’ve visited thus far. Travel history establishes your credibility in the eyes of consulates. Visa applications in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Bahrain, and other countries expressly request a copy of your trip history.
With a Schengen visa, you can visit any of the 26 Schengen nations. However, it also applies to 39 non-Schengen nations. There are a total of 65 nations. These 39 non-Schengen nations recognize the Schengen visa as their own. These nations do not require a separate visa. Schengen visas, in contrast to US/Canada visas, are short-term visas valid for 90-180 days. The validity of a visa rises with each consecutive application.
Of sure, you may go to the United States with a US visa. A US visa, however, allows you to travel to 49 additional countries and territories. With a US visa, you can visit 49 additional countries (including the US) and territories without a visa.
If obtaining a US visa proves challenging, apply for a Canada visa. The Canada visa is also effective. With a Canada visa, you can visit 36 countries and territories (including Canada). Long-term visas are available for both the United States and Canada. They are typically valid for ten years. You just need to acquire a visa to the United States or Canada once, and your passport will be valid for the following ten years.
If you have a weak passport, following three tips will help you transform it into a strong passport. This will not make your passport the strongest, but it will surely make it lot better and stronger.
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Monjur Shariya Bhuiyan
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