Every year, consultancy Henley & Partners and Global Passport Power Ranking publishes a ranking of passports that shows how much freedom of travel they offer. The results were quite interesting because Germany wasn’t leading anymore…
A ranking shows which passports are the most “powerful” worldwide, that is, how easy it is to get a visa or even to travel to countries without a visa. Underneath see the top and the bottom 5 in the world. Japan ranks 1.
Top 5 strongest passports in the world (visa-free access)
1. Japan: 190
2. Singapore: 189
3. France, Germany, South Korea: 188
4. Denmark, Finland, Italy, Spain, Sweden: 187
5. Austria, Belgium, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, UK, USA: 186
Note: The number defines the amount of countries that can be visited without a visa.
Bottom 5 of the weakest passports in the world (lowest visa-free access)
102. Palestinian Territory, Sudan, Eritrea: 39
103. Yemen: 37
104. Pakistan: 33
105. Somalia, Syria: 32
106. Afghanistan, Iraq: 30
81. India: 60
Want to see the full results of the world wide passport ranking? Check out the following link: Worldwide Passport Index 2018 – Results
For more information about different passports, comparing passports and find out for which countries you need a visa, check out the Henley Passport Index at www.henleypassportindex.com. In addition to the Henley Passport Index, freedom of travel is also compared in the Global Passport Power Rank of the consulting firm Arton Capital’s. There, Germany currently occupies second place, behind Singapore and South Korea. Check out the Global Passport Index at www.passportindex.org.
I TRAVEL FOREVER’s VIEW & RECOMMENDATION
Traveling is much easier when you hold a passport with access to many countries in the world. However, what I found quite interesting was that even tho the bottom 5 can only access 30 countries visa-free, those countries such as Maldives, Bolivia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Dominican Republic are still very nice countries to visit + you can visit your own country and perhaps the other 25 are possible to visit in a lifetime. The index makes it look worse than it actually is!