A ‘powerful passport’, for those not in-the-know, basically means one that can get you pretty much wherever you want. If you yield a passport with tonnes of power, it can essentially get you to loads of countries – ideally without the need for a visa.
Every few months (every quarter, to be specific), the Henley Passport Index ranks which little book of stamps can get you the furthest. The ranking uses data from the International Air Transport Association, ranking passports based on the number of countries they can be used to visit visa-free.
And top of the index right now is, drum roll please… Japan! Surprise, surprise. The country has long been near the very top of the ranking, with its passports allowing citizens to visit a whopping 193 countries without requiring a visa. Japan is followed by Singapore and South Korea, both of which get access to 192 countries.
The weakest passport, once again, is Afghanistan. Afghan people can only visit 27 countries without the need for a visa. Iraqi and Syrian passports rank similarly low.
Here are the top rankings, with the number of visa-free countries each passport will get you into:
- Japan, 193
- Singapore, South Korea, 192
- Germany, Spain, 190
- Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, 189
- Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, 188
- France, Ireland, Portugal, UK, 187
- Belgium, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, USA, 186
- Australia, Canada, Greece, Malta, 185
- Hungary, Poland, 184
- Lithuania, Slovakia, 183
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