The World's Most Powerful Passports in 2021

The World's Most Powerful Passports in 2021

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The World's Most Powerful Passports in 2021

The World's Most Powerful Passports in 2021

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Henley & Partners, a residence and citizenship planning consultancy, ranks world passports on a quarterly basis for the travel freedom they allow. The most highly ranked passports are those that allow the holder to enter the the highest number of countries without obtaining a visa prior to arrival. 

According to the most recent report, Japan takes the top spot for the fourth time, allowing holders to access 193 visa-free or visa-on-arrival destinations. Singapore follows in second place with visa-free access to 192 destinations. A passport issued in Germany or South Korea allows the holder to enter 191 destinations around the globe. On the lower end of the list, Afghanistan and Iraq hold the bottom spots with the lowest visa-free travel capability.

Top 10 most powerful passports:

  • Japan (193)
  • Singapore (192)
  • South Korea, Germany (191)
  • Italy, Finland, Spain and Luxembourg (190)
  • Denmark, Austria (189)
  • Sweden, France, Portugal, Netherlands and Ireland (188)
  • Switzerland, US, UK, Belgium and New Zealand (187)
  • Norway, Greece, Malta and Czech Republic (186)
  • Canada, Australia (185)
  • Hungary (184)

Least powerful passports:  

  • Afghanistan (26)          
  • Iraq (28)          
  • Syria (29)         
  • Pakistan (32)    
  • Yemen (33)