Who wouldn’t want a second passport? But let’s be honest – not all passports are created equal, and whilst buying a Somali passport in a market in Hargeisa might be cool, you probably won’t get into America on it. There are other passports that have had limited success, however. Wacky micronations, indigenous peoples and even the odd weird organisation often sport their own passports.
Here’s our top tips for the best passports out there.
The Sovereign Military Order of Malta
We’ve covered the SMOM in one of our other articles, but this Catholic order has diplomatic relations with a ton of countries, and therefore a few hundred of the rarest passports on the planet: their diplomatic one. The cool red beast isn’t easy to get hold of though – you’ll have to jump through a tonne of hoops, religious and otherwise, to get one.
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Passport
You want a weak passport? Then the TRNC one is one of the weakest. Officially, only one country recognizes the TRNC, and that’s Turkey. Six others will allow holders to use it to enter their countries, however – Turkey, the UK, USA, Pakistan and France. In practice, though, most citizens simply get one for either Turkey or Cyprus.
Passport for Transnistria
As a result of my many trips to Transnistria and my social ties there, I’ve seen this passport many times. It’s quite old – from Soviet times, in fact – and will only get you into other unrecognized countries. They did have a President called Smirnov, however, so it’s still pretty cool. Most residents opt for Ukranian, Moldovan or Russian passports for ‘real’ travel.
World Passport – World Government of World Citizens
This is a bit of a beatnik organisation with the unrealistic goal of us all living in harmony, but it’s been going a long time. The passports are cheap, easy to get, and pretty good quality. They have also allegedly been accepted on an ad hoc basis by a number of states, so there’s an argument for it being considered the most ‘real’.
Dominion of Melchizedek Passport
The top gunners for internet fraud, with passports and banking charters once pumped out for their team of con artists. Apparently the Central African Republic once recognized them, but in response the Washington Post commented that “you’d get the impression [the CAR] would recognize the State of Denial if it had a letterhead”. Shots fired, CAR.
There’s bound to be a tonne more cool passports over the years, but you can get the coolest new kid on the block from our very own Islandia project here.
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