A report from the UK-based global citizenship and residency consulting firm Henley & Partners reveals that for the fifth year in a row, Japan has the most powerful passport in the world, with Canada ranked near the top of the list.
A report from U.K.-based global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners reveals that for the fifth year running Japan has the world’s most powerful passport, with Canada also near the top of the list.
The report, based on data from the International Air Transport Association (ITATA), ranks all the world’s 199 passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.
Based on the Henley index, Japanese citizens are able to visit 193 destinations without a visa, just ahead of South Koreans and Singaporeans, who can enjoy visa-free access to 192 destinations.
Following the top three, Germany and Spain came in at third place, tied at 190 visa-free destinations. Finland, Italy, Luxembourg is tied at fourth, with 189 visa-free destinations.
Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden come in at 5th place with which their citizens can visit 188 visa-free destinations, followed by France, Ireland, Portugal and the UK in 6th place.
Ranked 7th is Belgium, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, USA with 186 destinations, while Australia, Canada, Greece and Malta ranked 8th with 185 visa-free destinations.
Hungary and Poland with 184 visa-free destinations ranked 9th and Lithuania and Slovakia together with 183 visa-free destinations ranked 10th.
At the bottom, the Afghan passport holds the last place, as Afghan citizens can only visit 27 countries without requiring a visa.
The report says that global tourism is now about 75% of pre-pandemic levels.
Is there a Link Between Passport Strength and Economic Power?
According to Henley Passport Index, there is a direct link between a passport strength and economic power as just six per cent of passports worldwide can provide visa-free access to more than 70 per cent of the global economy and only 17 per cent of passport holders can access most of the world’s 227 destinations.
For example, Japanese passport owners have access to 85 per cent of countries, which collectively account for 98 per cent of the global economy.
In contrast, Afghan nationals can access just 12 per cent of the world, which is less than one per cent of global economic output.
These are 10 top best passport in 2023, according to the Henley index
1. Japan — 193 visa-free destinations
2. Singapore and South Korea — 192 visa-free destinations
3. Germany and Spain — 190 visa-free destinations
4. Finland, Italy and Luxembourg — 189 visa-free destinations
5. Austria, Denmark, Netherlands and Sweden — 188 visa-free destinations
6. France, Ireland, Portugal and United Kingdom — 187 visa-free destinations
7. Belgium, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, United States and Czech Republic — 186 visa-free destinations
8. Australia, Canada, Greece and Malta — 185 visa-free destinations
9. Hungary and Poland — 184 visa-free destinations
10. Lithuania and Slovakia — 183 visa-free destinations
These are 10 worst passport in 2023, according to the Henley index
1. Afghanistan — 27 visa-free destinations
2. Iraq — 29 visa-free destinations
3. Syria — 30 visa-free destinations
4. Pakistan — 32 visa-free destinations
5. Yemen — 34 visa-free destinations
6. Somalia — 35 visa-free destinations
7. Nepal and the Palestinian Territories — 38 visa-free destinations
8. North Korea — 40 visa-free destinations
9. Bangladesh, Kosovo and Libya — 41 visa-free destinations
10. Congo (Dem. Rep.), Lebanon, Sri Lanka and Sudan — 42 visa-free destinations
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