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World’s Most Powerful Passports as of Q3 2019

The Henley Passport Index has released its third quarter ranking of the world’s most powerful passports in 2019.

The index is compiled from data provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and measures global mobility based on visa-free access to destinations. It also uses data from the index’s 14-year history, “to show how travel mobility has changed over the past decade, looking at which passports have gained in strength and which have fallen behind.”

Japan and Singapore hold the world’s strongest passports, with Visa-free access to 189 destinations. South Korea dropped to second place, joining Germany and Finland with Visa-free access to 187 destinations.

The United Arab Emirates entered the top 20 index for the first time in the list’s 14-year-history, moving up an astonishing 41 spots. Other countries that climbed standings include Taiwan, which climbed 24 places over the past ten years and ranks 30th.

The USA and the UK each dropped to the lowest position they’ve held since 2010, sharing the sixth spot with Canada, Greece, Norway, Belgium and Ireland.

Pakistan now offers an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) to citizens of 50 countries, including Finland, Japan, Malta, Spain, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates — but not, notably, the USA or the UK.

Afghanistan is once again at the other end of the rankings, with its citizens needing a prior visa for all but 25 destinations worldwide.

Most Powerful Passports of Q3 2019:
1. Japan, Singapore (189 Destinations)
2. South Korea, Germany, Finland (187)
3. Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg (186)
4. France, Sweden, Spain (185)
5. Austria, Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland (184)
6. Canada, Norway, Belgium, Greece, Ireland, UK, US (183)
7. Malta (182)
8. Czechia (181)
9. Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Lithuania (180)
10. Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia (179)

The Least Powerful Passports of Q3 2019:

101. Bangladesh, Eritrea, Iran, Lebanon, North Korea (39 Destinations)
102. Nepal (38)
103. Libya, Palestinian, Sudan (37)
104. Yemen (33)
105. Somalia (31)
106. Pakistan (30)
107. Syria (29)
108. Iraq (27)
109. Afghanistan (25)

Source: Henley Passport Index

Watch Noraly from ItchyBoots.com Travel Through Georgia and Armenia as She Rides Around The World

We last connected with Noraly transiting quickly through Russia and the border crossing into Georgia. With this video series we follow her progress in Georgia.

Ep. 96 – Noraly crosses into Georgia
And heads to Tbilisi, the capital city.

Ep. 97 – Boom! Noraly surprises us by crossing into Armenia
In the video she tells us why.

Ep. 98 – Noraly highlights the people of Armenia

Ep. 99 – Noraly visits The Republic of Artsakh
Artsakh is a breakaway state that is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan

Ep. 100 – Noraly returns to Armenia

 

Watch » The Icebreaker in the Arctic Ocean

This video was shot in the Arctic Ocean in March 2018.

For 7 days the crew passed through the Barents Sea to Karsky around the Novaya Zemlya archipelago on the nuclear icebreaker Yamal. They witnessed the northern lights, polar bears, watched the ships stuck in the ice being towed, and were very cold.

In the video you can see two Russian icebreakers – “50 Years of Victory” and “Yamal” with a capacity of 75,000 horsepower.

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Watch Noraly from ItchyBoots.com Travel Through Russia as She Rides Around The World

We last connected with Noraly riding through Kazakhstan. With this video series we follow her progress in Russia on her way to Georgia.

Ep. 92 – Riding from Atyrau, Crossing into Russia, and Riding onto Astrakhan
Noraly rides here last 300km in Kazakstan, across rough roads to the Russian border. And then rides onto Astrakhan.

Ep. 93 – Riding 300 km from Astrakhan to Elista

Ep. 94 – Riding from Elista to Stavropol
Noraly passes through a police check stop.

Ep. 95 – Noraly heads towards the Georgian border
Her transit visa is running out.

Follow Noraly as she continues her adventure with riding through Georgia.

Watch » Adventure Not War

This film, produced by REI, takes the viewers into mountains of Iraq revealing a seldom explored, beautiful underbelly in a forever place scarred by the invasion.

The film follows American veterans of that war as they discover a different side of Iraq and heal deep personal wounds.

The producers hope to promote peace and a universal understanding that beauty can replace hatred when we strive for adventure, not war.

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Watch Noraly from ItchyBoots.com Ride Through Kazakhstan as She Makes Her Way Around The World on a Royal Enfield Himalayan

We last saw Noraly riding through Kyrgyzstan. With this video series we follow her progress through Kazakhstan.

Ep. 83 – Crossing into Kazakhstan
Noraly rides from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to Almaty, Kazakhstan

Ep. 84 – Getting a Russian Visa and servicing the Royal Enfield in Almaty.

Ep. 85 – The Plains of Kazakhstan
Noraly has only a couple of weeks to travel to some 3400 km to the Russian border. So despite the weather forecast, she must make tracks.

Ep. 86 – Riding to Turkestan, Kazakhstan
Naraly rides to an important pilgrimage site. Yasaui Mausoleum, built in the 14th century, hosts the tomb of Sufi teacher and poet Yasaui.

Ep. 87 – Noraly explores Sauran, the ruins of the capital of the Mongol White Horde, on her way to Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan

Ep. 88 – Riding from Kyzylorda to Aralsk
Noraly rides to see rockets at Baikonur on her long day’s journey to the Aral Sea.

Ep. 89 – Nothing but Camels – Riding from Aralsk to Aktobe
Noraly plans a long 617 km day ride.

Ep. 90 – Aktobe to Uralsk
Noraly takes a 480km detour due to road construction.

Ep. 91 – Noraly ploughs through another 510 kilometers of detour on her way to Atyrau.
Through flat grasslands and semi-desert on her way to the Russian border

Updated: See The World Through Iohan Gueorguiev’s Eyes

Updated June 1, 2019 to add link to his latest video.

In May 2014, Iohan Gueorguiev (website – YouTubeTwitterInstagram) started cycling from the Arctic Ocean at Tuktoyaktuk, in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The plan was to cycle to the tip of South America in a year, maybe a few more months.

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Watch Noraly from ItchyBoots.com Ride through Kyrgyzstan as She Makes Her Way Around The World on a Royal Enfield Himalayan

In the previous post about Noraly from ItchyBoots.com we followed her quick ride through Tajikistan.

With this video series we follow her progress through Kyrgyzstan.

Ep. 79 – Crossing into Kyrgyzstan
Reaching 4700 metres across some awful roads makes for an interesting ride.

Ep. 80 – Riding to Osh
Noraly welcomes the warmer weather at 1000 metres.

Ep. 81 – Riding from Osh to Toktogul

Ep. 82 – Riding through mountainous and snowy Kyrgyzstan from Tokogul to Bishkek

Next we follow Noraly crossing into Kazakhstan

Kathmandu, The City of Temples

Exploring some of Nepal’s famous temples and holy sites, including Swayambhu, a hilltop where Buddhist stupas and Hindu temples coexist.

 

Watch Noraly from ItchyBoots.com on her Ride through the Tajikistan as She Makes Her Way Around The World on a Royal Enfield Himalayan

After Uzbekistan, we catch up with Noraly in Tajikistan.

Ep. 71 – Crossing into Tajikistan

Ep. 72 – Riding through the mountains to Dushanbe

Ep. 73 – Riding towards the Afghanistan border

Ep. 74 – Riding along the Afghanistan border Continue reading

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