Spain has the Best Passport in the World

5 de February, 2024

Spain has the Best Passport in the World

Spain has the best passport in the world, ranking 1st on the Henley Passport Index, granting access to 194 countries without a visa.
Mulher tem na bolsa um Passaporte Espanhol O melhor passaporte do mundo
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Spain holds the best passport in the world, ranking 1st in the Henley Passport Index. This ranking quarterly measures the strength of each passport based on the number of destinations its holders can access without prior visas. Those with a Spanish passport, in addition to many other advantages, can travel to up to 194 countries, including the United States. In 2023, Spain was in 3rd place on this list, with access to 190 countries, and in 2018, it was in 4th place with access to 187 countries. See below how to apply for your Spanish passport.

How is the list of the best passports in the world organized?

The Passport Index and the Henley Partners ranking are two important tools that classify world passports based on their power and accessibility. They consider various factors, including the freedom to travel and the number of countries that allow entry without the need for a visa.

The ranking covers 199 passports and 227 international destinations. It considers geopolitical factors and global issues such as climate change, diverse citizenship, and international crises. The analysis, conducted by academics and experts, also takes reciprocity in access to other countries into account.

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Which are the best passports in the world?

The January 2024 ranking is as follows:

  1. France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain (access to 194 destinations)
  2. Finland, South Korea, Sweden (access to 193 destinations)
  3. Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands (access to 192 destinations)
  4. Belgium, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom (access to 191 destinations)
  5. Greece, Malta, Switzerland (access to 190 destinations)
  6. Czech Republic, New Zealand, Poland (access to 189 destinations)
  7. Canada, Hungary, United States (access to 188 destinations)

These numbers represent the total destinations for which holders of these passports can travel without the need for a visa.

The importance of a powerful passport

For global citizens, frequent travelers, and those conducting international business, having a powerful passport is of utmost importance. It provides greater freedom of movement, makes it easier to open accounts in foreign banks, apply for loans, establish businesses, all with less bureaucracy, and more business opportunities worldwide.

For athletes, having dual citizenship and a powerful passport makes it easier to be hired by international clubs, as they don’t need to apply for visas and permits, reducing bureaucracy and expenses.

Not to mention the added convenience during international travels when it’s possible to opt for shorter lines in immigration sectors.

How to Get a Spanish Passport

To obtain a Spanish passport, you must meet certain criteria and follow the application process.

The first requirement is to have Spanish citizenship. In this article, we explain all the paths that allow the acquisition of citizenship, whether through ancestry or naturalization.

Only Spanish citizens can apply for the passport.

How to Get the Best Passport in the World?

Considered the best passport in the world, the Spanish passport is very easy and quick to obtain.

Where to Apply for the Spanish Passport?

Outside Spain:

First, the applicant must register as a resident in the Consular Register (RMC). Then, simply schedule an appointment at a Consulate and submit the required documentation to make the request.

In Spain:

At the Jefatura Superior y Comisarías de Policías.

Documents for Spanish Passport Application:

For those applying at the consulate, the list of documents is as follows:

  • Completed passport application;
  • Second copy of the birth certificate (recent, within 6 months);
  • 1 passport-size photo (3×4);
  • ID card or passport from the country of origin;
  • Documents related to Spanish citizenship;
  • Receipt of consular fee payment.

For minors, parents must be present during the application, and the following additional documents are required:

  • Passports of the parents or legal guardians of the minor (original and copy);
  • Authorization signed by the parents (couple) or guardians.

For those applying in Spain, it is also necessary to present the Spanish personal identification document, the NIE.

How much does it cost?

The cost is 30 euros, but check before you go in case this number is not up to date.

If you haven’t applied for your Spanish citizenship yet, contact us now.

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