Harvey Day31 May 2018 AT 10:21 AM

These are the strongest passports in the world

And, this is how to get them
Harvey Day31 May 2018 AT 10:21 AM
These are the strongest passports in the world
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We’d be lying if we said that we’ve never booked a holiday without checking the visa requirements first – the feeling of panic that fills you when you realise you might not get your visa in time or that you might not get one at all, is truly unnerving.

As holiday season is upon us, we’ve scanned the internet for the world’s strongest passports and found Henley & Partners latest Index – a list that ranks all the passports in the world according to the number of countries that their holders can travel to visa-free.

Long story short, if you have a Japanese passport, you are winning because the passport is number one in terms of visa-free travel, with access to 189 countries.

Germany and Singapore are tied at second place with 188 countries while Finland, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden and South Korea all round up the top three with visa-free access to 187 countries.

For the full list, click here.

If you’d like to get your hands on one of the aforementioned passports, here’s how to do so…

France
French Passport

If one or both of your parents are French citizens, or if you were born in the country, you have the right to apply for French citizenship.
If this doesn’t apply to you, you need to have been living in France for five continuous years and “can prove you’ve integrated into the French community by speaking French and having a knowledge of French culture and society and the rights and duties of French citizens.”
There are some exceptions, including serving in the French military.

Finland
Finnish Passport

You can get a Finnish passport if you were born there or if you mum is a citizen. Otherwise, you need to be at least 18 years old and have lived in Finland for at least four years, not have committed any offences and you need to be able to prove that you can support yourself and speak either Finnish or Swedish.

Singapore
Singaporean Passport

You can nab a Singaporean passport if either of your parents are from there. Otherwise, you can apply for one if you’re 21 or older and have lived in the country for at least two years and are fully employed. You can also apply if you’ve been married to a Singapore citizen for two years or more.

Germany
German Passport

You can apply for German citizenship if you have German parents or were born in Germany.
To apply for a German passport via naturalisation, you must have lived in Germany for at least eight years, be able to speak German and you must be financially able to support yourself and your family.  You also have to be a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record and you need to pass a citizenship test as well as be willing to renounce any previous citizenships.

Japan
Japanese Passport

You can apply for Japanese citizenship if either of your parents were citizens when you were born. Or to get a Japanese passport via naturalisation, you need to have lived in Japan for more than five years, be over 20 years old and be “of good moral character”. You or your spouse must be financially independent and willing to give your previous nationality, once you gain Japanese citizenship.

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