The European Union has been boasting that it holds the most important travel document in the world, and now that bragging rights has been firmly documented. According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, 22 countries hold the coveted passport that allows travel between all 193 UN member states. The passports make it easier for members to travel to the rest of the world, and are being used by some of the world’s most powerful political leaders, including Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron, and Angela Merkel.
The British passport is next on the list, providing passports to 23 countries. The Irish passport ranks third, though over 90 percent of people in the country cannot use the passport because of the need to declare any connection to the country. Still, that means citizens can fly to almost every other country in the world on their passport, not just their home country’s passport.
The four most widely used passports
1. Schengen Euro passport held by 22 countries
2. British passport held by 23 countries
3. Irish passport held by 90 countries
4. French passport held by 98 countries
The four least widely used passports
1. Russian passport held by 40 countries
2. Brazilian passport held by 70 countries
3. Uzbekistan passport held by 90 countries
4. Sudanese passport held by 94 countries
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