Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, several European countries are considering reintroducing a strict border control. Therefore, passports back to being a necessity. Unfortunately, in many countries the cost of such a document is very high.
Statista.com portal published the list of the world’s most expensive passports, presented in terms of the amount paid to acquire it, but taking into account the number of hours that a citizen must work to get that amount if wages minimum wage, writes The Independent. Thus, given the cost of the most expensive in the world is the passport of Turkey. It costs the equivalent of $ 251, which means 95 hours of work. In second place is Australia, where a passport costs $ 206, but means only 15 hours of work, taking into account the minimum wage in this country. In third place is Switzerland with a passport costs $ 159, equivalent to 9 hours of work. Mexico followed with $ 155 for a passport, but this amount involves 266 hours of work.
A US passport costs $ 135, the equivalent of 19 hours of work. The same amount is required to pay and the Italians, but to earn money they have to work 23 hours, you are paid the minimum wage. Follow Canada, with $ 133 for a passport and 15 hours of work and Japan, where a document costs $ 115, the amount you can earn 19 hours of work. Nine ten places are occupied by New Zealand (115 dollars / 10 hours of work) and Britain ($ 110/11 hours work). Romania ranks 34 among the most powerful in the world passports The study was conducted by GoEuro, which analyzed previously portal passports from 50 countries around the world to establish a top ten strongest. Besides the cost of the document and the number of hours worked to get the required amount, the site has taken into account the strength of each passport, which means the number of countries where its holder can enter without a visa. Thus, the most powerful in the world passports are in Sweden, Finland, Germany, United Kingdom and United States. Those who hold these passports can enter without visas in 174 countries.
Buying your residence or citizenship in another country has become a frequent practice, especially among residents in conflict or surplus countries. But this move is not cheap.Rich people do not spend their money on private planes, yachts or hotels, but choose to invest in obtaining citizenship or residence in another country. 89% of Britons would like to have a second passport and 34% said they are interested in investing in a double citizenship.Moreover, more than 80% of them said they are willing to invest or donate 5% of the annual salary for the second citizenship, more than the monthly rent.Fortunately for the second passport or dual citizens, some countries offer citizenship programs such as Citizenship by Investment (CIP), whereby money normally invested in real estate can buy their second passport and can thus get the elite status that comes with the double citizenship package.
Dominica, a 100,000-dollar citizenship.Dominica is an attractive destination for residents in more than 110 countries because it does not require an access visa. For those who want to obtain citizenship in Dominica, this can be done in two ways: through a donation of $ 100,000 / person or $ 200,000 for a family with up to 4 members to the National Transformation Fund or a real investment estate of $ 200,000.
And also for 177 destinations are given access to those who obtain Portuguese citizenship, with only 250,000 dollars invested in this country.
On the other hand, those who want the citizenship of an EU Member State, and thus get the right to work here, have to pay on top and on top. For investments of $ 1.2 million, Malta is the cheapest European country and offers citizenship to foreigners in a maximum of one year. For a double sum, citizenship can be obtained in Cyprus within 3-6 months. Most of Austria is demanding – nearly 10 million dollars invested in the country’s economy, in return for citizenship, which can be obtained in two to three years.
European Union announced that, starting in 2021, it will require citizens from countries that do not require visas to travel to the Schengen area, including the United States, to apply for an authorization to visit the Member States. The process will take place through the European Travel Information and Authorization System, an automated online system designed to reinforce visitor security controls. The trial will cost about $ 8 and will not take more than 10 minutes, according to the European Commission. Responses will be checked by Interpol and other security databases, and prospective travelers will receive an email approval or rejection in just a few minutes or up to four weeks. Thus, the EU introduces the ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) which is reciprocity for the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) that EU citizens from Visa Waiver countries (generally from the Schengen area) need to walks in order to enter the United States. ETIAS and ESTA are basically pre-verification and pre-authorization systems of travel, not even a visa-issuing system. These are just some safety measures that countries take when they are visited by foreign citizens.The ETIAS introduced by the European Union applies not only to US citizens but to all non-EU countries who do not need a genuine visa to enter the Schengen area (Albania, Moldova, Serbia, Ukraine etc.). For both ETIAS (Schengen) and ESTA (US) verification and authorization, citizens who want to travel will need to obtain online travel pre-authorization, fill forms and pay ($ 14 or € 8). Romanian citizens do not need to go through the ESTA because they are already part of the process by checking when the visa is issued. In addition, control over “Visa Waiver” countries in the United States is on the other hand.United States citizens who want to travel to one of the 26 Schengen member states will need a visa from 2021, the European Union said.Visas such as the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required for travel to the Schengen Area.Currently, Americans do not need a visa for travelers of less than 90 days in Europe.