We often hear about a rare dog breed or a rare bird type. But have you ever heard about a rare passport? Well, today we are going to introduce you to a passport that is so rare that only 500 people on the earth own it. It is also one of the most powerful and dominant one in the world.
It is known that some passports have greater powers than the rest. Take, for example, the German passport, which is thought of as the most powerful global entry tool. According to the reports of Travel + Leisure, a person who holds the German passport can visit 177 countries around the world without needing a visa.
While it is quite unbelievable the travel so many countries without needing a visa, what’s even cooler is being a member of the world’s most exclusive passport: The Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
Being a card-carrying member of this religious order its own perks. The Catholic order had its sovereignty recognized by Pope Paschal in 1113, is home to the world’s rarest passport.
According to this order, there are only 500 passports in circulation around the globe right now
Diplomatic passports are granted only to the members of the Sovereign Council, heads and members of Diplomatic Missions, their consort and children. Senior figures who are in-charge of special missions within the Order of Malta have also been granted this passport.
The passport remains valid only for 4 years and is strictly linked to the duration of a given assignment by the Order
The Sovereign Order of Malta maintains diplomatic relations with 106 states. It means that all these states accept the diplomatic passports as a valid form of identification. Currently, it is active in 120 countries.
There, it helps people in need through its medical, social, and humanitarian works. It is also involved in helping people living in the midst of armed conflicts and natural disasters.
The Order noted on its site, “It is neutral, impartial and apolitical.”