Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Top 10 Most Powerful Passports in the World

Written By: Mustafa Mahmud Hassan
A passport from a country on good diplomatic terms with its peers is a powerful tool, allowing
holders to travel across borders with ease. The list, complied annually since 2006 by London-
based consulting firm Henly and Partners and the International Air Transport Association, ranks
nations by how freely their citizens, unencumbered by immigration red tape, can explore the
Globally, there was significant movement in this year’s index, with only 21 of the 199 countries
listed remaining in the same rank. No country however, dropped more than three positions,
indicating that overall, visa free access is improving around the world, the report said. This year,
it shows that citizenship of a superpower doesn’t carry the clout it once did.
Now, the list of top ten powerful passports in the world is given below:


German citizens, it seems, have the potential for the greatest mobility in the
travel world. With a German passport, travelers can enter 177 out of 218 countries and
territories without a visa, according to the 2016 Visa Restrictions Index.

2. Sweden: 

The citizens of Sweden enjoy greater mobility in the travel world. They can
enter 176 countries without a visa because of relaxing visa restriction.

3. Finland, France, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom:

Last year, the UK topped alongside Germany, but ceded the top spot after several countries relaxed visa restrictions to the latter during 2015. It was also lag behind by Sweden. It is now in third place along with France, Italy, Spain and Finland which make Northern and Western European citizens the
most privileged in international travel. These countries’ people can enter 175 countries without a visa.

4. Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, United States:

The United States, which ranked first in 2014 and 2015, has now dropped to fourth place. It shares the place with Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands. These countries’ people can enjoy their travelling in 174 countries without a visa.

5. Austria, Japan, Singapore:

Japan was in the top three in 2014 and 2015, but has slid down to fifth this year. It shares the place along with Austria and Singapore. These countries’people can enter 173 countries without a visa.

6.Canada, Ireland, South Korea, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland:

South Korea have slid down to sixth from three this year. It shares the place with Canada,
Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal and Switzerland. Their people can travel in 172 countries without a visa.

7. Greece, New Zealand:

Greece and New Zealand share the spot seven on the 2016 Visa Restriction Index. These countries’ people can enter 171 countries without a visa.

8. Australia:

Australia ranked sixth on the last year, but this year dropped to eight positions in Visa Restriction Index. The people of Australia can travel 169 countries without a visa.


Malta which runs the world’s most successful citizenship-by- investment program has gained visa-free access to another two countries since 2015, making it the 9 th most powerful passport in the world. The people of Malta can enter 168 countries without a visa.

10. Hungry, Czech Republic, Iceland:

Hungry, Czech Republic and Iceland are tied for tenth this year. These countries’ people can visit 167 countries without a visa. The world is becoming increasingly globalized, mobile and interdependent.
However,there is a huge disparity in the levels of travel freedom between countries. Visa
requirements reflect strongly on each country’s relationships with others and take into
account diplomatic relationships between the countries, security risks, the risks of visa,
reciprocal visa arrangements and immigration rules violations.