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What Are the Most Powerful Passports of 2019?

A passport is essential to travel, but not all passports are alike. Some passports are more powerful than others. According to the Henley Passport Index, there has been a major reshuffling in the global ranking of world passports.

At the start of 2019, there were 27 countries in the top ten of the index. During the last quarter of 2019, four more countries have been added to the list. While some countries have joined the ranks of the most powerful passports in the world, others such as India have even slipped from their positions of privilege.

Here is the final list of countries with the most powerful passports as of 2019.

Most Powerful Passports in the World

I- The Most Powerful Passports of 2019

1. Japan and Singapore (190)

Japan has had the honor of being the country with the most powerful passport for the second time in a row. Japanese passport holders can travel to 190 countries visa-free.  Previously, Germany was at the top spot, offering its citizens visa-free access to over 176 countries.

This year, in addition to Japan, Singapore is also at first place in the ranking for the most travel-friendly passport. Like Japan, Singaporean passport holders also enjoy visa-free access to 190 countries.

2. South Korea, Germany, and Finland (188)

Finland jumped two spots in 2019. This change can partly be attributed to recent changes in Pakistan’s formerly restrictive visa policy. As of January 2019, Pakistan offers visas on arrival to citizens of over 50 countries, including Finland.

In 2009, South Korea came in at 12th place in global passport rankings with visa-free access to 144 countries. In the past ten years, it has jumped 10 places up the rank and now comes in at the 2nd place, tying with Germany and Finland.  Each of these countries offers visa-free access or visa on arrival to 188 countries around the world.

Germany was previously at number 1 in passport rankings, offering visa-free access to 176 countries. However, it was replaced by Japan and Singapore this year. The German passport continues to be one of the most sought-after passports for several years now.

3. Denmark, Italy, and Luxembourg (187)

The European countries Italy, Denmark, and Luxembourg tie for the third place in global passport rankings. Each of these countries offers its passport holders visa-free access or visa-on-arrival to 187 countries.

Both Italy and Denmark were previously on the fourth rank and climbed up to the third rank while Luxembourg rose from the fifth rank to the third rank.

4. France, Sweden, and Spain (186)

France, Sweden, and Spain all tie-in for the fourth position in the global ranking of the most powerful passports. While Sweden retained its fourth rank, France dropped one place and Spain climbed up one place.

Each of these three countries offers visa-free access or visa-on-arrival to 185 countries.

Just five years ago, the UK and the USA came in at number four. Both of these countries have now slipped down to the sixth place, the lowest rank either country has held since 2010.

According to a press release from the Henley Passport Index in July, the UK’s exit from the EU leaves its once-powerful position in the world uncertain.

5. Austria, Netherlands, and Portugal (185)

Austria, the Netherlands, and Portugal tie in at fifth place in the global passport rankings. Each of these countries offers its citizens with visa-free access or visa-on-arrival to 185 countries.

6. The UK & USA, Greece, Norway, Belgium, Ireland, Canada, and Switzerland (184)

Canada, Ireland, Greece, and Belgium climbed one spot to reach the sixth rank in global passport rankings. Meanwhile, the US and the UK remained consistent in sixth place. If you have a passport from any one of these countries, you can visit 184 countries all over the world without applying for a visa or by getting a visa-on-arrival.

7. Czech Republic and Malta (183)

The Czech Republic and Malta both tie at the seventh place by providing their citizens with visa-free access or visa-on-arrival to 183 countries.

8. New Zealand (182)

The New Zealand passport proudly holds the eighth rank in global passport rankings this year, offering visa-free access or visa-on-arrival to 182 countries.

9. Australia, Lithuania, Slovakia (181)

Australian, Lithuanian, and Slovakian passports offer visa-free access or visa-on-arrival to 181 countries.

10. Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, and Slovenia (180)

Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, and Slovenia are at the tenth rank in global passport rankings. Their passports allow visa-free access or visa-on-arrival to 180 countries.

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II- What Is the Henley Passport Index?

Henley & Partners

Henley & Partner’s list is one of the several indexes created by financial organizations to rank global passports according to the access and benefits they provide to their citizens.

This index is created with a lot of precision and the process used to create it is extremely accurate, and this index is revised every year.

The Henley Passport Index is based on the exclusive information provided by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA), the world’s largest and most accurate travel database. The index covers 199 passports and 227 different countries.

It is updated in real-time throughout the year, using extensive research and online data and when visa policy changes come into effect.

III- What Are the Benefits of Having a Powerful Passport?

Passport with boarding pass

There is only one primary benefit of having a powerful passport – the ability to travel hassle and stress-free! If you belong to a country that is on the top ten global rankings of the most powerful passport, you can travel to countless travel destinations without having to worry about getting a visa.

If your passport is powerful enough, you may not even need a visa! Or worst-case scenario, you may have to apply for a visa upon arrival in the new country. But at least you will not be deterred from traveling because of a lack of visas.

Not only is it inconvenient to apply and wait weeks until you receive your visa, applying for a visa can also become pretty expensive. When you take into account the cost of the ticket and the expenses you are likely to face while traveling, it is a blessing to be able to save on at least the visa.

So if you are a citizen of one of the few lucky countries on this list, be grateful for your good fortune and happy traveling!

IV- Full List Of The World’s Passports With Their Ranks

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CountryRankAccess
Japan1190
Singapore1190
South Korea2188
Germany2188
Finland2188
Denmark3187
Italy3187
Luxembourg3187
France4186
Sweden4186
Spain4186
Austria5185
Netherlands5185
Portugal5185
Norway6184
Switzerland6184
United Kingdom6184
United States6184
Belgium6184
Canada6184
Greece6184
Ireland6184
Czech Republic7183
Malta7183
New Zealand8182
Australia9181
Lithuania9181
Slovakia9181
Iceland10180
Hungary10180
Latvia10180
Slovenia10180
Estonia11179
Malaysia12177
Liechtenstein12177
Chile13174
Poland13174
Monaco14173
Cyprus14173
United Arab Emirates15172
Romania16171
Brazil17170
Argentina17170
Bulgaria17170
Hong Kong (SAR China)18168
Croatia18168
San Marino19167
Andorra20166
Brunei21165
Israel22159
Barbados22159
Mexico23158
Bahamas24154
St. Kitts and Nevis24154
Uruguay25153
Seychelles26151
Costa Rica27150
Antigua and Barbuda28149
Trinidad and Tobago29148
Vatican City29148
Mauritius30146
Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)31145
St. Lucia31145
St. Vincent and the Grenadines31145
Grenada32142
Paraguay32142
Macao (SAR China)33141
Panama34140
Dominica35137
Peru36135
El Salvador37134
Honduras37134
Venezuela38132
Guatemala38132
Serbia39131
Samoa39131
Solomon Islands40130
Vanuatu40130
Nicaragua41128
Tuvalu42127
Ukraine43126
Colombia43126
Tonga44125
North Macedonia45123
Marshall Islands46122
Kiribati46122
Montenegro46122
Moldova47119
Micronesia47119
Palau Islands47119
Russian Federation48117
Bosnia and Herzegovina49116
Georgia50114
Albania51113
Turkey52112
South Africa53100
Belize5499
Timor-Leste5595
Kuwait5693
Qatar5792
Ecuador5891
Fiji5988
Guyana6087
Nauru6087
Maldives6184
Jamaica6184
Papua New Guinea6283
Botswana6283
Bahrain6381
Oman6479
Suriname6578
Bolivia6578
Thailand6677
Namibia6776
Belarus6875
Kazakhstan6875
Lesotho6974
Saudi Arabia6974
Eswatini (Swaziland)7073
Malawi7172
China7271
Kenya7271
Indonesia7370
Zambia7370
Gambia7469
Tanzania7568
Tunisia7568
Azerbaijan7666
Cape Verde Islands7666
Uganda7666
Philippines7765
Cuba7765
Ghana7765
Dominican Republic7864
Zimbabwe7864
Sierra Leone7963
Kyrgyzstan8062
Benin8062
Mongolia8062
Morocco8062
Armenia8160
Mozambique8160
Sao Tome and Principe8160
India8259
Mauritania8358
Burkina Faso8358
Tajikistan8457
Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)8457
Rwanda8457
Uzbekistan8556
Guinea8556
Gabon8556
Senegal8655
Togo8655
Mali8754
Niger8754
Guinea-Bissau8754
Madagascar8754
Cambodia8853
Chad8853
Comores Islands8853
Bhutan8952
Equatorial Guinea8952
Turkmenistan9051
Vietnam9051
Central African Republic9051
Algeria9150
Laos9249
Haiti9249
Jordan9249
Angola9249
Egypt9249
Cameroon9249
Liberia9348
Burundi9348
Congo (Rep.)9447
Myanmar9546
Nigeria9546
Djibouti9546
Sri Lanka9643
Congo (Dem. Rep.)9742
Ethiopia9742
South Sudan9742
Kosovo9841
Iran9940
Bangladesh9940
Eritrea9940
North Korea10039
Lebanon10039
Nepal10138
Libya10237
Palestinian Territory10237
Sudan10237
Yemen10333
Pakistan10431
Somalia10431
Syria10529
Iraq10627
Afghanistan10725
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