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The World's Best Passports to Have

Citizens of the United Arab Emirates benefit from the strongest passport in the world.

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In the world of international travel, some passports are more valuable than others. The world's most powerful passports will allow you to travel the globe relatively hassle-free, while the weakest passports can effectively prohibit your movements. Although advances in mobility and technology have created a world that feels smaller and more interdependent than ever before, there is still a major disparity among different countries in regards to levels of travel freedom. The Passport Index ranks global passport power in each of the world's countries by assignment of a world openness or "visa-free" score: a comparison of how much travel freedom their citizens enjoy. The strongest passports in the world are from the United Arab Emirates, Finland, Luxembourg, and Spain

5. Fifth Place

#5 Fifth Place

  • Lithuania
  • Iceland
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada

The world's fifth best passports belong to citizens of Lithuania, Iceland, the UK, and Canada. These documents allow travellers access to 165 countries relatively hassle-free. Many of these countries are also among the world's best countries to live in.

4. Fourth Place

#4 Fourth Place

  • Sweden
  • Singapore
  • France
  • Belgium
  • Malta
  • Greece
  • Norway
  • Japan
  • United States

These countries all have the world's fourth most powerful passport, including the United States. Citizens of the aforementioned places can travel up to 166 countries without a visa. Countries that require US citizens to obtain a visa include Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burundi, Eritrea, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, and Sudan.

3. Third Place

#3 Third Place

  • Denmark
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Austria
  • Portugal
  • Switzerland
  • South Korea
  • Ireland

Tied for third place are the above countries. Aside from South Korea, they are all located in Europe. All of these countries have the power to travel to 167 countries without needing a visa. It's not coincidence, then, that some of these countries travel more than any other country in the world. South Korea has the strongest passport in Asia after the UAE.

2. Second Place

#2 Second Place

  • Finland
  • Luxembourg
  • Spain

Tied for the world's second strongest passports: Finland, Luxembourg, and Spain. Citizens of these countries, all of which are in the European Union, can enjoy travel to 168 of the world's countries, hassle-free.

1. First Place

#1 First Place

The United Arab Emirates currently issues the strongest passport in the world, with visa-free travel to 173 out of the world's 195 countries. The Emirati passport has seen tremendous growth in its power over the past ten years, mostly thanks to an improvement in the country's reputation and bilateral relations.

What is the World's Most Powerful Passport?

Citizens of Germany and Singapore enjoy the most freedoms in their international travel, with visa-free access to 158 countries. After a slight dip in 2016, Germany returned to its spot at the top of the rankings. Germany's success may be attributed, in part to its current open-door policy to immigrants and asylum-seekers.

The World's Most Powerful Passports

Rank´╗┐CountryVisa-Free Travel
1United Arab Emirates173
2Finland168
3Luxembourg168
4Spain168
5Denmark167
6Italy167
7Germany167
8Netherlands167
9Austria167
10Portugal167
11Switzerland167
12South Korea167
13Ireland167
14Sweden168
15Singapore168
16France168
17Belgium168
18Malta168
19Greece168
20Norway168
21Japan168
22United States 168
23Lithuania165
24Iceland165
25United Kingdom165
26Canada165

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