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The World is Your Oyster if You Have the “Right” Passport

I am from the U.S. and I remember when I realized that travel opportunities were not equal for everyone else in the world. Passport power is real.


Passport Origin Matters

I was talking with a friend with a passport from another country who was not yet a citizen of the United States. She came to the U.S. on a diversity visa. I didn’t know much about visas or the importance of documents and I was curious why she was willing to give up citizenship from her home country so that she could receive U.S. citizenship and a U.S. Passport. At the time, I did not understand my privilege to travel as a U.S. citizen.


She explained to me the respect she had seen people with the U.S. (and other respected nations) passport receive and more importantly the lack of respect people with certain other passports receive.  After learning this I found myself asking people from various other countries about their experience and most agreed, your passport origin matters. Since that conversation, I’ve found myself more appreciative and thankful for the few hassles I’ve had traveling abroad.


The lesson: The world can be your oyster if you have a widely accepted passport.


This conversation is one of the many reasons I enjoy talking and sharing with people with different backgrounds and different perspectives. There is always something to be learned!!!


Passport Power Rankings

Visa-free data is used to compare and rank passports;  find out which country has the highest passport power ranking. It is not the U.S.  Currently, the U.S. passport power rank is a 5 and citizens can visit 157 countries without applying for a visa. 115 of the countries do not require U.S. citizens to have a visa and 42 countries provide visas on arrival.  The country with the lowest passport rank is Afganistan with a ranking of 93, citizens can visit 23 other nations visa-free. How does your passport compare to that of other nations?


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