Revealed: 2023’s World’s Most Powerful Passport
According to a new quarterly analysis from London-based global citizenship and residence advice business Henley & Partners, three Asian passports give their holders more flexibility to travel internationally than those from any other nations.
Japan’s citizens can travel to a record 193 countries without a visa or with one on request, just one more than Singapore and South Korea, whose nationals can freely visit 192.
And with Asia-Pacific opening up following Covid, its people are more likely to use that freedom to travel once more.
According to Henley Passport Index’s most recent report, which is based on statistics from the International Air Transport Association, global travel is currently at a level that is almost 75% higher than it was before the pandemic (IATA).
Numerous European nations are positioned close to the top of the leaderboard below the top three Asian nations. Finland, Italy, and Luxembourg are next on 189 destinations, followed by Germany and Spain, who are tied on 190.
Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Sweden are tied at fifth place, followed by France, Ireland, Portugal, and the United Kingdom, which are ranked sixth overall.
At No. 7, among Belgium, Norway, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic, are New Zealand and the United States.
Afghan nationals remain at the bottom of the index once more and are only permitted entry into 27 nations without a prior visa.
The indexes developed by financial companies to rate international passports according to the access they give to their residents include Henley & Partner’s list.
199 passports are ranked by the Henley Passport Index based on how many places its owners can visit without a visa. Throughout the year, as and when changes to the visa policy take effect, it is updated in real time.
The 193 United Nations member nations and six territories are included in Arton Capital’s Passport Index: ROC Taiwan, Macau (SAR China), Hong Kong (SAR China), Kosovo, the Palestinian Territory, and the Vatican. Excluded are areas that other nations have annexed.
Throughout the year, it is also updated in real time, although the information is acquired by closely watching the portals of various governments. According to Armand Arton, founder of Arton Capital, it’s a platform “for people who travel, to deliver accurate, simple-to-access information for their travel needs.”
The United Arab Emirates is ranked first in Arton’s Global Passport Power Rank 2023, with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 181.
Eleven nations, the majority of which are in Europe, are tied for second place: Germany, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, and South Korea.
Along with Denmark, Belgium, Portugal, Norway, Poland, Ireland, and New Zealand, the US and the UK are ranked third.
The Henley Passport Index lists the top passports to own in 2023:
- Japan (193 destinations)
- Singapore, South Korea (192 destinations)
- Germany, Spain (190 destinations)
- Finland, Italy, Luxembourg (189 destinations)
- Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden (188 destinations)
- France, Ireland, Portugal, United Kingdom (187 destinations)
- Belgium, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, United States, Czech Republic (186 destinations)
- Australia, Canada, Greece, Malta (185 destinations)
- Hungary, Poland (184 destinations)
- Lithuania, Slovakia (183 destinations)
The worst passports to hold in 2023, according to the Henley Passport Index
Several countries around the world have visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 40 or fewer countries. These include:
102. North Korea (40 destinations)
103. Nepal, Palestinian territory (38 destinations)
104. Somalia (35 destinations)
105. Yemen (34 destinations)
106. Pakistan (32 destinations)
107. Syria (30 destinations)
108. Iraq (29 destinations)
109. Afghanistan (27 destinations)
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