A precious passport

By Audrey SomnardLex KlerenEric Engel Switch to French for original article

Handing in your passport at customs is rather common. Luxembourg regularly tops the world rankings of the most powerful passports, so let's go back to the origins of the little burgundy booklet.

It was recently in the news in Luxembourg media: the lion passport is said to be one of the best in the world, meaning the one that will open most doors. A consultancy firm specialising in residence and citizenship has compiled data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to establish a ranking of the "best" passports in the world. Japan has dominated the ranking for the past five years, as its passport allows you to visit the most destinations without a visa (193 out of 227 destinations). The Luxembourgish passport comes in fourth place with a total of 189 destinations accessible without a visa. Just behind Germany and Spain, just ahead of countries like the UK and France. Ten years ago (2013), it was still in second place. Historically, this is the best result obtained by the Luxembourgish passport.

In our country where having more than one passport is quite common, is having a Luxembourgish passport a superpower? In Western countries, and particularly in the European Union, travelling is relatively easy. For many destinations, a passport is not necessary, but as soon as you cross the borders of the European Union, it is better to have one, for example to go to the post-Brexit United Kingdom. In more distant countries, you may need to apply for a visa beforehand or on the spot. But with a Luxembourgish passport it is usually easy. At least easier than for other nationalities.

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