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Old 18 May 2006
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hi guys,

the first answer was the right one. a small European countries passport, e.g. Sweden, Belgium or Luxemburg, maybe Ireland or the Netherlands.

the worst passports for travelling are: Colombia, Peru, most African nations, Russia, USA ...

but most of us did not choose the passport, because it was given to them by the country that they were born. And some people dont even get a passport, e.g. citizens of Cuba, Northern Korea ....

Edited by Mika, who travelled the world 1999 - 2005 on a German passport

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Old 18 May 2006
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Best passport???

A Diplomatic one...No hassle anywhere...
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Old 9 Jun 2006
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Definitely Irish. We only fight amongst ourselves and have never invaded anywhere.

Yes, I'm new. No, I don't have a bike...although I did have a go on a friends and managed to crash it within 5 minutes..... and being a selfish cow I only joined in the hope of getting a lift to Mauritania.
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An Irish passport actually isn't good EVERYWHERE. I've been living in Colombia for a couple of years, where they require visas for Irish citizens, but not for almost anybody else.

Turns out that a few years back the Colombian government found out that the IRA had sold at least a few guns and bombs to the FARC (the marxist guerilla force that has been terrorizing Colombia for about 40 years), and threw in some military training as well. The visa isn't difficult to obtain, but you can't just show up at the border and cruise right in. They might spend a little time search the bike (and hard to reach body crevices) for some pocket-rocket-launchers.

I'm a dual citizen with the USA and New Zealand....and yes, I usually use my NZ passport, depending on how much time they'll give each citizenship in which ever country I'm entering. But the US one actually isn't that bad, at least not regarding hassle etc crossing borders. In some countries you might not want to tell some people that you're from the US, especially if they're toting a large fire-arm and wearing an anti Bush T-shirt, but in general I haven't had any problems.

I'll still stick to the NZ one however, just to make things a little easier should I happen to run into that marxist guerilla when I'm hitting up dirt tracks in the Colombian jungle.
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Mika, I know what you mean about small European countries having "good" passports, but if you ever take the train from Malmo to Kiruna, you'll never call Sweden a small country again! (and I'm sure you meant population-wise, I'm only remembering that long trip). My wife is Swedish and has had great luck around the world with her passport. I would disagree with you about the American passport being bad for travel, I've never had a passport problem in more than 40 countries. Having said that, there are some areas in the world I might visit with a Swedish passport that I wouldn't visit with an American passport (my application is currently underway with the Swedish government). Ride safe everyone, Dave.
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Thumbs up Mercosur passport & mentioning Maradona

I have travelled around Africa, Europe, South America and the US for the past 10 - 15 years (only recently so on a bike during my Nigeria - Ghana trip) and have learnt to appreciate the advantages of my Argentinean passport.

1. No hassles in Europe or the US as long as you can provide a convincing explanation as to why you are visiting and why you will not overstay.
2. Can back up your low profile, I'm not rich approach when in Sub-Saharan Africa much better than an European or US passport would. Note: It won't work if you are sitting on a '06 1200GS
3. When in football (soccer in the US) loving countries, you can always get the meanest customs officers to smile and go easy on you by mentioning Maradona.
4. Not many people really know where Argentina is nor are they aware of our position on any conflicts.
5. You won't need visas that others don't apart from the US one and regional exceptions (eg: Nigerians travelling to Benin).

Note: probably a Brazilian passport would do the job marginally better on point 3 above as Maradona's era is long gone and Ronaldinho is much more widely known these days.
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1. Swiss - Holland
2. Norwegian - Finnish - Swedish
3. Canada
4. I am not sure about NZ and Aus !
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Here is official ranking for 2009:
Denmark may have slipped since due to events last year, so looks like Finland Ireland and Portugal.

Score is based on number of countries where a passport holder does not need a visa to enter.

Score Rank
Score 1 Denmark 157 14 Malta 139 2 Finland 156 24 Israel 118 2 Ireland 156 17 Hungary 131 2 Portugal 156 20 Argentina 127 3 Belgium 155 23 Brazil 122 3 Germany 155 26 Romania 115 3 Sweden 155 27 Mexico 114 3 United States 155 29 Croatia 108 4 Canada 154 35 South Africa 88 4 Italy 154 38 St. Kitts & Nevis 84 4 Japan 154 42 Turkey 75 4 Luxembourg 154 44 Dominica 71 4 Netherlands 154 53 Russian Federation 60 4 Spain 154 54 Taiwan 59 5 Austria 153 61 Thailand 52 5 Norway 153 61 United Arab Emirates 52 6 France 152 70 Saudi Arabia 42 6 United Kingdom 152 72 Bosnia and Herzegowina 40 7 Australia 151 75 India 37 8 New Zealand 150 78 Egypt 34 8 Singapore 150 79 China 33 9 Greece 149 82 Jordan 30 9 Switzerland 149 83 Korea, Dem People's Republic 29 10 Iceland 146 87 Pakistan 25 11 Malaysia 145 87 Iran 25 12 Korea, Republic of 144 88 Iraq 23 13 Liechtenstein 140 89 Afghanistan 22 14 Cyprus 139
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Out of left field ...

NZ and AUS not good, because you need visas for just about everywhere. I have an Aus passport and avoid using it for that reason.

French passport seems good ... much cheaper visas for many countries than other passports. Schengen passports can get 5 year visas in Russia. British can only get 1 year visas.

One passport no-one has mentioned ... the Kazakh passport. All of the CIS and every muslim country in the world is visa free. One schengen visa will cover almost all of Europe.
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For me a good one is a valid Brazilian passport i hv been all over world with no problem , they always start talk about football at the borders hehehehe and forget about other question hehehehe.
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