What is the most powerful passport and why?

Olubukayo Ewuoso

B.Sc. Estate Management, University of Lagos (2017)

The most powerful passport in the world is the German passport and it gives you access to 158 countries without a visa.

Here are the top 25 most powerful passports in the world

25. Australia

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Rank: 6th Strongest Passport in the world.

Passport holders can gain access to 153 countries of the world without a visa.

24. New Zealand

Rank: 6th Strongest Passport in the world.

Passport holders can gain access to 153 countries of the world without a visa.

23. Greece

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Rank: 6th Strongest Passport in the world.

Passport holders can gain access to 153 countries of the world without a visa.

22. Canada

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Rank: 5th Strongest Passport in the world.

Passport holders can gain access to 154 countries of the world without a visa.

21. Ireland

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Rank: 5th Strongest Passport in the world.

Passport holders can gain access to 154 countries of the world without a visa.

20. Malaysia

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Rank: 5th Strongest Passport in the world.

Passport holders can gain access to 154 countries of the world without a visa.

19. Japan

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Rank: 4th Strongest Passport in the world.

Passport holders can gain access to 155 countries of the world without a visa.

18. South Korea

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Rank: 4th Strongest Passport in the world.

Passport holders can gain access to 155 countries of the world without a visa.

17. Switzerland

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Rank: 4th Strongest Passport in the world.

Passport holders can gain access to 155 countries of the world without a visa.

16. Portugal

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Rank: 4th Strongest Passport in the world.

Passport holders can gain access to 155 countries of the world without a visa.

15. Luxembourg

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Rank: 4th Strongest Passport in the world.

Passport holders can gain access to 155 countries of the world without a visa.

14. Austria

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Rank: 4th Strongest Passport in the world.

Passport holders can gain access to 155 countries of the world without a visa.

13. Belgium

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Rank: 4th Strongest Passport in the world.

Passport holders can gain access to 155 countries of the world without a visa.

12. Netherlands

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Rank: 4th Strongest Passport in the world.

Passport holders can gain access to 155 countries of the world without a visa.

11. Italy

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Rank: 4th Strongest Passport in the world.

Passport holders can gain access to 155 countries of the world without a visa.

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Sepandat Stephane Tajick

Head Adviser at STC

The 2017 STC Passport index has 4 countries with the star rating of 8.5:

The ranking has 2 different method to classify the passport:

1st the Score pts which is a cumulative of all the place you can travel visa-free indexed by the importance of the destination and the amount of time you can stay there.

2nd is the Star rating which gives basicly points only to key destinations like Europe, the US, China etc….

WHY

Most rankings out there will focus on the number of visa-free destinations. That is a inaccurate way to evaluate a passport. The # of visa-free destination can be full of tiny nations that you are unlikely to want to travel. What is really important when evaluating a passport are the access to key destination, like the US or Europe. This is why the star rating is the most accurate measurement of the most powerful passport. If you look at the # visa-free destination you will find the UK or Denmark on top. They give you access to all the key countries in the First World, but none of those give you access to China, Russia or India.

The 4 countries listed with 8.5 star rating will provide you with the best access to the most important countries in the world.

You can checks the full ranking here

Nikhil Bhavar

Passport, the gateway to other countries and a requirement to cross boundaries has been one of the most sought after power-gauging tool since a long time.

Passport Index conducts a global survey of all passports, and then ranks them based on their power and acceptability, every year. This research is being done by global financial advisory firm Arton Capital.

The ranking by Passport Index found Singapore to be the world’s most powerful passport, and this is for the first time that an Asian country has reached the pinnacle of this ranking.

Singapore has a visa-free score of 159, which means a citizen having Singapore passport can have visa-free access to 173 countries, the highest so far.

In India’s case, an Indian passport will only allow visa-free entry in 24 countries 27 countries provide visa-on-arrival option, and this is the reason that we are ranked #75 in this list.

Top 10 in the list:

Singapore (visa-free score of 159)Germany (visa-free score of 158)Sweden and South Korea (visa-free score of 157)Denmark, FInland, Italy, France, Spain, UK, Norway and Japan (visa-free score of 156)Luxembourg, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Portugal (visa-free score of 155)Malaysia, Ireland, USA, Canada (visa-free score of 154)Greece, New Zealand, Australia (visa-free score of 153)Malta, Czechia, Iceland (visa-free score of 152)Hungry (visa-free score of 150)Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia (visa-free score of 149)

Indian passport has again lost steam, as we are ranked a lowly #75 globally, which is slightly better than last year, but still, very disappointing indeed.

Afghanistan has world’s least powerful passport, as it is ranked #93.

Hence, only 18 countries are below India, in this high profile ranking of passports.

You can find the complete ranking here; and themethodology of deriving this ranking here.

David S. Lesperance

International Tax and Immigration. Co-Author of "Flight of the Golden Geese" with LSE Professor Emeritus Ia...

There seems to be an over fascination with 'visa-free travel' as the criteria for a 'good' travel document or citizenship to possess. Many times applying for a visa is as simple as pre-paying an airport tax (David S. Lesperance's answer to Why are American and European citizens not required a visa to go anywhere whereas citizens from other countries are?).

While the other answers at least make an effort to explore some other variable, they do not seem to have focused on the really important elements that make up a 'good' citizenship other than visa-free travel. For example, a US passport has excellent visa-free travel BUT US citizenship also is unique in attracting global taxation for its citizens. Simply ask yourself whether it is better to spend 15 minutes on-line and be charged AUD $20 for a multiple entry Australian visitor visa OR spend thousands annually on accountants simply to comply with US tax law... let alone pay US tax.

Other countries have excellent visa-free travel BUT have mandatory military service obligations for their citizens (e.g. Switzerland and Israel). Some passports carry significant 'geopolitical baggage' , which makes crossing borders more of a hassle. Finally, many countries do not allow 'multiple citizenships' (aka 'dual citizenship') which means that you don't have the option of expanding your 'Passport Portfolio'

Since the composition of your Passport Portfolio will have a profound impact not only on your life, but also the generations that follow, this is probably the area where one might seriously consider engaging experienced qualified advisors.

Anik Hasibulshamim

studied at University of Melbourne

It depends on the research. One of the most authoritative and well-regarded sources is theHenley & Partners Passport Index, a global ranking of countries according to the travel freedom that their citizens enjoy, made in collaboration with the International Air Transport Association.

According to the Henley Passport Index 2018(here’s the link, if you want to the see the full list)

Germany has the highest score (177) and therefore is the most powerful passport in the world,

followed by Singapore in 2nd position, with a score of 176,

and United Kingdom, France, Italy, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, all in 3rd place with a score of 175.

Shefali

Travel Experts, Certified Aussie Specialists, 

Singapore.

And this is the first time in history an Asian country made it to the top. The ranking is given based on cross-border access they allow.


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