The World’s Most Powerful Passports 2023

The World’s Most Powerful Passports 2023

The Henley Passport Index has just released the world's ‘most powerful passport' for 2023.

The Henley Passport Index is a comprehensive list that compares passports using data from the International Air Transport Association, specifically looking at holders able to gain visa-free access.

The index uses a scoring system to establish the most powerful passports globally, awarding nations’ travel documents with points for each country its holders can visit visa-free, as well as each place they can obtain a visa on arrival.

The list shows Japan taking first place for the fifth consecutive year. Although the United Kingdom and the United States are still in the top ten but are not in the top five. 

The UK slid into sixth place alongside Ireland and Portugal, beating the US, which came joint seventh with Belgium, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland.

At the other end of the scale, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, and Afghanistan were the lowest-scoring countries.

How The List Was Extracted

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

The Henley Passport Index uses data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to compare the visa-free access of 199 different passports to 227 travel destinations. If no visa is required, then the score is 1 for that passport (this includes countries where a visa can be obtained on arrival, etc.) If a visa (or government e-visa) is required before departure, then the score would be 0.

World’s Most Powerful Passports 2023

  1. Japan (193)
  2. Singapore, South Korea (192)
  3. Germany, Spain (190)
  4. Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, and Austria (189)
  5. Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, and France (188)
  6. Ireland, Portugal, United Kingdom (187)
  7. Belgium, the Czech Republic, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, United States (186)
  8. Australia, Canada, Greece, and Malta (185)
  9. Hungary, Poland (184)
  10. Lithuania, Slovakia (183)

World’s Least Powerful Passports 2023

Congo (Dem. Rep.), Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Sudan (42) 101. Bangladesh, Kosovo, Libya (41) 

North Korea (40) 

Palestinian Territories, Nepal (38) 

Somalia (35) 

Yemen (34) 

Pakistan (32) 

Syria (30) 

Iraq (29) 

Afghanistan (27)

Check the full 2023 list here.

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