These are the world’s best passports to have in 2023

A Middle Eastern country jumped up 35 places to be named the best passport in the world this year

Beril Naz Hassan
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Beril Naz Hassan
Writer, Time Out Travel
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Which country's passport you carry determines the tone of your entire travel day. While some passports let you use e-gates, walk right through to baggage reclaim without stopping at border control, and offer you protection while abroad, others can require you to go through painfully long visa procedures before every trip and leave you feeling on edge about the tens of questions the border officers will ask.

As the economy fluctuates and political allyships get restructured, the strength of a nation’s passport changes, too. The UK passport, for instance, has lost a lot of its international power in the aftermath of Brexit. 

To find out which passports offer their holders the most privilege, Nomad Capitalist has studied 199 countries’ visa-free travel opportunities, taxes for citizens, dual citizenship possibilities, personal freedom, and perception.

Their findings revealed that, despite ranking 35th last year, the United Arab Emirates passport has become the best passport to have in 2023. Its huge jump up the rankings is due to the recent changes the country has made to allow foreigners to apply for dual citizenship, plus its ‘business-friendly’ climate, its liberating tax system, and the travel freedoms it affords. 

These are the world’s 10 best passports in 2023, according to Nomad Capitalist:

  1. United Arab Emirates
  2. Luxembourg
  3. Switzerland
  4. Ireland
  5. Portugal
  6. Germany
  7. Czech Republic
  8. New Zealand
  9. Sweden
  10. Finland

Did you read about how traditional passports might be replaced by human heartbeats in the future?

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