Countries with the Worst Passports

Which countries have the least-powerful passports, as measured by the number of countries that can be visited without a visa?
Only sovereign countries according to JetPunk
Quiz by KeithRuffles
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Last updated: December 9, 2019
First submittedOctober 3, 2013
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Country
35
Afghanistan
37
Iraq
40
Syria
42
Pakistan
42
Somalia
44
Yemen
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Country
48
Sudan
49
Libya
49
Iran
50
Bangladesh
50
Eritrea
50
Ethiopia
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Country
50
Nigeria
50
North Korea
52
D.R. Congo
52
Lebanon
52
Nepal
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Country
52
Rep. of the Congo
52
South Sudan
53
Kosovo
53
Myanmar
53
Sri Lanka
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Level ∞
Dec 9, 2019
Sadly for Afghanis, I doubt they could actually use their passport to travel to the countries that freely admit them. Many of those countries are very remote and impossible to travel to without stopping in another country first.
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Level 82
Dec 9, 2019
Hey, Afghans can get a 30-day visa on arrival for Tuvalu! Didn't see any Afghans there, but I did see a number of them on Nauru.
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Level 74
Mar 31, 2020
That Nauru joke was rough but true.
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Level 71
Dec 9, 2019
Lots of countries offer visa free transit though, right? You usually don't need to even go through customs when getting a connection international flight.
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Level 82
Dec 10, 2019
Except not the US, which would make it hard for those Afghans to get their visa-free access to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
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Level 77
Dec 12, 2019
Even where you usually stay in transit area, the country may demand transit visa for certain passports (such as those on top of this quiz), which means the airline wouldn't allow you on the flight for starters.
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Level 80
May 21, 2020
I've only ever had to go through customs and therefore use my passport in transit when I was changing airports or I had an overnight layover somewhere.
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Level 61
Dec 9, 2019
So how exactly is the “Power” of a passport determined?
+14
Level 82
Dec 9, 2019
I guess, by the number of countries its holder can visit without having to get a visa in advance.
+1
Level 72
Dec 10, 2019
Would be interested to know which 50 countries allow citizens of North Korea and how many North Koreans have managed to get to any of them.
+1
Level 82
Dec 10, 2019
You can follow the link at the top of the quiz, then select "Compare", and you can find out which countries work for North Koreans. (For example, Tuvalu!)
+1
Level 71
Dec 10, 2019
Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Comoros, Ivory Coast, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Iran, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lesotho, Macao, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Micronesia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Palau, Palestine, Qatar, Rwanda, Samoa, Senegal, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, St. Vincent, Suriname, Tanzania, East Timor, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda according to the source, but I know a lot of people will go to China visa free and South Korea of course does not require a visa.
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Level 72
Dec 10, 2019
Thanks. Of course, post Brexit we in the UK may make this list :(
+3
Level 66
Feb 2, 2020
Why the sad face?
+3
Level 67
Apr 1, 2020
It is a happy face, he just has eyes on his chin
+1
Level 81
Dec 11, 2019
So many to choose from.
+10
Level 66
Dec 11, 2019
Would have expected Central African Republic.
+3
Level 81
Dec 12, 2019
Just barely misses the list at 57.
+1
Level 72
Dec 15, 2019
What did the Kosovar do?
+9
Level 85
Dec 19, 2019
Their independence is not universally recognized. Some countries allow the passport to be used while not recognizing the country, etc.
+1
Level 80
Mar 31, 2020
Could have sworn I typed "Congo"... only 2 I missed.
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Level 47
Mar 31, 2020
I imagine this matches more or less perfectly to "largest sources of refugees"?
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Level 57
Mar 31, 2020
Well, to be honest some of the people from the countries on the list don't bother using passports and just walk across national borders on their way to Germany, UK and Sweden.