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It’s well-known that some passports are more powerful than others. Take, for example, the Japanese passport, one of the most powerful global entry tools on Earth. Japanese passport holders can visit 189 countries around the world without needing a visa.
And while being able to visit more countries is cool, what may be even cooler is being a card-carrying member of the world’s most exclusive passport: the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
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According to the Independent, the Catholic order, which had its sovereignty recognized by Pope Paschal in 1113, is home to the world’s rarest passport. In fact, only 500 of these passports are in circulation around the globe right now, according to the Order.
Diplomatic passports, according to the Sovereign Order of Malta, are granted only to “the members of the Sovereign Council (the government), to heads and members of its Diplomatic Missions (as well as their consort and minor children), and – with very few exceptions – to senior figures in charge of a special missions within the Order of Malta.”
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The passports only remain valid for four years and are strictly linked to the duration of a given assignment by the Order.
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