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The world’s most powerful passports revealed

By Ofonime Essien

Powerful passports

Germany has claimed bragging rights in an annual ranking of the world’s most powerful passports, while the UK and US each fell multiple spots.

All three countries shared first place in last year’s study, but the UK and US have dropped to third and fourth, respectively, in this year’s list.

German citizens hold the world’s most powerful passport as they can visit 177 countries without a visa, while British travellers can enter 175 and US tourists can travel to 174.

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With a maximum attainable score of 218, the visa restriction index by Henley & Partners, a citizenship and planning firm, ranks nations or territories based on the number of countries their citizens can travel to visa-free.

It is based on visa restrictions that were in place on 1 January.

Germany claimed sole possession of first spot this year after three countries lifted visa restrictions for its citizens, edging Sweden, which finished second with visa-free access to 176 countries.

After three consecutive years in first, the UK fell to third and was tied with Finland, France, Italy and Spain with a score of 175, up one from 174 last year.

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The US shared fourth spot with Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands.

As for the world’s least powerful passports, Afghanistan found itself at the bottom of the table with visa-free access to just 25 countries.

Pakistan was in second-last place (29), just behind Iraq (30), Somalia (31) and Syria (32).

In a statement, Henley & Partners, which has offices around the world, including London and Melbourne, said only 21 of the 199 countries listed in this year’s study remained in the same rank as last year.

It said: ‘No country, however, dropped more than three positions, indicating that overall, visa-free access is improving around the world.

‘Somalia, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan meanwhile, continue to hold the bottom four positions on the index, and thus have again been labelled the worst passports in the world.’

Timor-Leste, in Southeast Asia, had the biggest leap, climbing 33 spots to 57th place, followed by Colombia and Paula, which jumped 25 and 20 spots, respectively.

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Hungary returned to the top 10, while Malaysia was bumped out.

Henley & Partners, which has produced an annual index in co-operation with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) since 2006, said: ‘There continues to be a huge disparity in the levels of travel freedom between countries, despite the world becoming more mobile and interdependent.

‘Generally, visa requirements reflect strongly on each country’s relationships with others, and will take into account diplomatic relationships between the countries, reciprocal visa arrangements, security risks and the risks of visa and immigration rules violations.’

THE MOST (AND LEAST) POWERFUL PASSPORTS IN THE WORLD

  1. Germany – 177
  2. Sweden – 176
  3. Finland, France, Italy, Spain, UK – 175
  4. Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, US – 174
  5. Austria, Japan, Singapore – 173
  6. Canada, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Switzerland – 172
  7. Greece, New Zealand – 171
  8. Australia – 169
  9. Malta – 168
  10. Czech Republic, Hungary, Iceland – 167
  11. Slovakia – 165
  12. Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Slovenia – 164
  13. Latvia – 163
  14. Estonia, Lithuania – 162
  15. Poland – 161
  16. Monaco – 160
  17. Cyprus – 159
  18. San Marino – 156
  19. Chile – 155
  20. Hong Kong – 154
  21. Brazil, Bulgaria, Romania – 153
  22. Andorra, Argentina – 152
  23. Brunei Darussalam – 151
  24. Croatia – 149
  25. Israel – 147
  26. Barbados – 141
  27. Bahamas – 140
  28. Mexico – 139
  29. Taiwan, Uruguay – 137
  30. Antigua and Barbuda, Vatican City – 134
  31. Seychelles – 133
  32. St. Kitts and Nevis, Venezuela – 132
  33. Costa Rica – 131
  34. Trinidad and Tobago – 130
  35. Mauritius – 128
  36. Panama – 127
  37. Paraguay, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines – 125
  38. United Arab Emirates – 122
  39. Grenada – 121
  40. Macau – 120
  41. Dominica, Honduras – 119
  42. Guatemala – 116
  43. El Salvador, Serbia – 115
  44. Samoa – 112
  45. Macedonia – 111
  46. Nicaragua, Tonga, Vanuatu – 110
  47. Montenegro – 107
  48. Russia – 105
  49. Palau – 104
  50. Colombia – 103
  51. Turkey – 102
  52. Bosnia Herzegovina, Moldova – 101
  53. Albania – 98
  54. South Africa – 97
  55. Belize – 94
  56. Peru, Solomon Islands – 86
  57. Guyana, Kuwait, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu – 82
  58. Ecuador, Fiji, Ukraine – 81
  59. Maldives, Nauru – 80
  60. Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Qatar – 79
  61. Jamaica – 78
  62. Papua New Guinea – 77
  63. Micronesia – 75
  64. Suriname – 74
  65. Bahrain – 73
  66. Bolivia, Botswana – 72
  67. Oman, Thailand – 71
  68. Namibia – 70
  69. Lesotho, Saudi Arabia – 69
  70. Kenya – 68
  71. Belarus, Gambia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Malawi, Swaziland – 67
  72. Tanzania, Tunisia – 65
  73. Ghana – 64
  74. Zambia – 63
  75. Azerbaijan – 62
  76. Cape Verde, Philippines – 61
  77. Uganda – 60
  78. Benin, Cuba, Morocco, Zimbabwe – 59
  79. Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan – 58
  80. Armenia – 57
  81. Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mongolia – 56
  82. Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Togo – 55
  83. Dominican Republic, Sao Tome, Principe – 54
  84. Tajikistan – 53
  85. India, Mali, Uzbekistan – 52
  86. Bhutan, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Sierra Leone – 51
  87. Cambodia, China – 50
  88. Chad, Egypt, Gabon, Turkmenistan – 49
  89. Algeria, Central African Republic, Haiti, Madagascar, Rwanda – 48
  90. Comoros, Jordan, Laos, Vietnam – 47
  91. Guinea – 46
  92. Angola, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria – 45
  93. Congo (Republic of), Djibouti – 44
  94. Liberia – 43
  95. Burundi, North Korea, Myanmar – 42
  96. Bangladesh, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Lebanon, Sri Lanka – 39
  97. Kosovo, South Sudan, Yemen – 38
  98. Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Nepal, Palestinian Territory, Sudan – 37
  99. Libya – 36
  100. Syria – 32
  101. Somalia – 31
  102. Iraq – 30
  103. Pakistan – 29
  104. Afghanistan – 25

Source: Henley & Partners

 

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