The world’s most powerful passports revealed



Germany has claimed bragging rights in an annual ranking of the world’s most powerful passports, while the UK and US each fell multiple spots.

All three countries shared first place in last year’s study, but the UK and US have dropped to third and fourth, respectively, in this year’s list.

German citizens hold the world’s most powerful passport as they can visit 177 countries without a visa, while British travellers can enter 175 and US tourists can travel to 174.

With a maximum attainable score of 218, the visa restriction index by Henley & Partners, a citizenship and planning firm, ranks nations or territories based on the number of countries their citizens can travel to visa-free.

It is based on visa restrictions that were in place on 1 January.

Germany claimed sole possession of first spot this year after three countries lifted visa restrictions for its citizens, edging Sweden, which finished second with visa-free access to 176 countries.

After three consecutive years in first, the UK fell to third and was tied with Finland, France, Italy and Spain with a score of 175, up one from 174 last year.

The US shared fourth spot with Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands.

As for the world’s least powerful passports, Afghanistan found itself at the bottom of the table with visa-free access to just 25 countries.

After three consecutive years in first, the UK fell to third and was tied with Finland, France,
Italy and Spain with a score of 175, up one from 174 last year.

The US shared fourth spot with Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands.

As for the world’s least powerful passports, Afghanistan found itself at the bottom of the table with visa-free access to just 25 countries.

THE MOST (AND LEAST) POWERFUL PASSPORTS IN THE WORLD
1. Germany – 177
2. Sweden – 176
3. Finland, France, Italy, Spain, UK – 175
4. Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, US – 174
5. Austria, Japan, Singapore – 173
6. Canada, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Switzerland – 172
7. Greece, New Zealand – 171
8. Australia – 169
9. Malta – 168
10. Czech Republic, Hungary, Iceland – 167
11. Slovakia – 165
12. Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Slovenia – 164
13. Latvia – 163
14. Estonia, Lithuania – 162
15. Poland – 161
16. Monaco – 160
17. Cyprus – 159
18. San Marino – 156
19. Chile – 155
20. Hong Kong – 154
21. Brazil, Bulgaria, Romania – 153
22. Andorra, Argentina – 152
23. Brunei Darussalam – 151
24. Croatia – 149
25. Israel – 147
26. Barbados – 141
27. Bahamas – 140
28. Mexico – 139
29. Taiwan, Uruguay – 137
30. Antigua and Barbuda, Vatican City – 134
31. Seychelles – 133
32. St. Kitts and Nevis, Venezuela – 132
33. Costa Rica – 131
34. Trinidad and Tobago – 130
35. Mauritius – 128
36. Panama – 127
37. Paraguay, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines – 125
38. United Arab Emirates – 122
39. Grenada – 121
40. Macau – 120
41. Dominica, Honduras – 119
42. Guatemala – 116
43. El Salvador, Serbia – 115
44. Samoa – 112
45. Macedonia – 111
46. Nicaragua, Tonga, Vanuatu – 110
47. Montenegro – 107
48. Russia – 105
49. Palau – 104
50. Colombia – 10
51. Turkey – 102
52. Bosnia Herzegovina, Moldova – 101
53. Albania – 98
54. South Africa – 97
55. Belize – 94
56. Peru, Solomon Islands – 86
57. Guyana, Kuwait, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu – 82
58. Ecuador, Fiji, Ukraine – 81
59. Maldives, Nauru – 80
60. Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Qatar – 79
61. Jamaica – 78
62. Papua New Guinea – 77
63. Micronesia – 75
64. Suriname – 74
65. Bahrain – 73
66. Bolivia, Botswana – 72
67. Oman, Thailand – 71
68. Namibia – 70
69. Lesotho, Saudi Arabia – 69
70. Kenya – 68
71. Belarus, Gambia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Malawi, Swaziland – 67
72. Tanzania, Tunisia – 65
73. Ghana – 64
74. Zambia – 63
75. Azerbaijan – 62
76. Cape Verde, Philippines – 61
77. Uganda – 60
78. Benin, Cuba, Morocco, Zimbabwe – 59
79. Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan – 58
80. Armenia – 57
81. Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mongolia – 56
82. Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Togo – 55
83. Dominican Republic, Sao Tome, Principe – 54
84. Tajikistan – 53
85. India, Mali, Uzbekistan – 52
86. Bhutan, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Sierra Leone – 51
87. Cambodia, China – 50
88. Chad, Egypt, Gabon, Turkmenistan – 49
89. Algeria, Central African Republic, Haiti, Madagascar, Rwanda – 48
90. Comoros, Jordan, Laos, Vietnam – 47
91. Guinea – 46
92. Angola, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria – 45
93. Congo (Republic of), Djibouti – 44
94. Liberia – 43
95. Burundi, North Korea, Myanmar – 42
96. Bangladesh, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Lebanon, Sri Lanka – 39
97. Kosovo, South Sudan, Yemen – 38
98. Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Nepal, Palestinian Territory, Sudan – 37
99. Libya – 36
100. Syria – 32
101. Somalia – 31
102. Iraq – 30
103. Pakistan – 29
104. Afghanistan – 25

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