Countries with the Best Passports

Which countries have the most-powerful passports, as measured by the number of countries that can be visited without a visa?
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Last updated: December 9, 2019
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Country
178
United Arab Emirates
171
Finland
171
Germany
171
Luxembourg
171
Spain
170
Austria
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170
Denmark
170
Ireland
170
Italy
170
Japan
170
Netherlands
170
Portugal
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170
South Korea
170
Switzerland
170
United States
169
Belgium
169
France
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169
Greece
169
Malta
169
Norway
169
Singapore
169
Sweden
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Level 48
Oct 13, 2013
Don't all the EU countries undergo the same visa conditions?
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Level 51
Dec 12, 2013
Apparently not! Whilst those EU states in the Schengen area will all have a common policy for the movement of people within their borders other countries elsewhere in the world are free to make their own arrangements with individual EU states.
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Level 59
Nov 29, 2017
Actually if you legally visit one Schengen country it automatically allows you to visit any other Schengen country. However, I am assuming it does not work the other way round: a country might require some Schengen nationalities to get a visa and others not.
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Level 77
Dec 16, 2019
Not necessarily. Only if your visa says that it's valid for "Schengen states". Limited territorial validity visas also exist, valid for only one country (or several specifically listed ones).
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Level 59
Feb 1, 2020
I have looked into this a bit more and I am fairly sure it only applies in exceptional circumstances. In almost all cases a visa for a Schengen country is valid for any other Schengen country.
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Level 77
Feb 1, 2020
Yeah it is exceptional. I just wanted to point out what "automatically" means - that you apply at one country's embassy and almost always get a visa for the whole Schengen area.

The one example I've seen of a single country visa was for a person in a volunteer program in Germany. It was also years ago, and the policy might have easily changed in the meantime.

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Level 78
Mar 14, 2019
I wonder which 2 countries someone from Finland, UK and Sweden can visit without Visa and I (Netherlands) can't?
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Level ∞
Dec 9, 2019
It's just one country now: Pakistan.
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Level 67
Jan 31, 2020
A lot more must ve changed since your comment then, finland is 171, the netherlands is 170, sweden 169 and the uk 168 or lower cause it isnt even on the list anymore.

Im guessing at the time of the previous comment the netherlands was at 169 and the others at 171? (So the uk has dropped atleast 3 spots/countries) )

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Level 67
Jan 31, 2020
Atm the difference between UK and the Netherlands is, for the uk visa is required for Iran and Mongolia (plus about 6 countries more with a visa on arrival (all islands in oceania).)
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Level 47
Jan 31, 2020
Troll
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Level 67
Feb 1, 2020
@GubrySek who?
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Level 80
May 21, 2020
Jack: I'm guessing himself?
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Level 83
Dec 9, 2019
Based on that last comment, I take it the UK dropped off the list. What access did it lose?
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Level 71
Dec 9, 2019
Besides Mali in 2015, nowhere. We actually gained access to two countries in 2019 (Cape Verde and Uzbekistan). It's probably just that other passports gained access to more countries than we did.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_requirements_for_British_citizens#History

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Level 72
Dec 9, 2019
I just checked and the Canadian passport is good for 172 countries without a visa.
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Level ∞
Dec 10, 2019
Our source is listed. If you believe there is an error in their data, please let them know.
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Level 74
Dec 10, 2019
I've got the power! (stay away Skeletor)
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Level 66
Feb 1, 2020
I read that like Snap! was screaming the line...
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Level 82
Dec 13, 2019
Based on the same source I have created this quiz of the countries that accept the most passports (visa free) from elsewhere. Please have a go :) https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/265270/most-welcoming-countries
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Level 67
Jan 31, 2020
Before I saw your comment and after taking the quiz, I was hoping someone would do a quiz for the least welcoming countries. I wondered if each time it concerned the same ~25 countries. And which ones are they.

gonna take yours, it is fun too, but still hoping for the opposite one :)

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Level 57
Jan 31, 2020
Very surprising. One of my children was at university in the UK with a girl from UAE and she was always complaining she needed a visa to go to go nearly everywhere and their family were limited to holidaying in Thailand.
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Level 67
Jan 31, 2020
That is very odd since there are only a handfull they cant go to, and most likely others countries cant go there either. Thailand the only one??
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Level 57
Jan 31, 2020
The girl said they mainly went to Thailand on holiday because they couldn't get visas for many other places, but can't be 100% sure if that's the only place- I never thought aboout it any further till I read this quiz. Also, to get a visa for any holidays in Europe was an issue.
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Level 71
Jan 31, 2020
Maybe she wasn't a citizen? The UAE is full of people without citizenship.
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Level 51
Feb 1, 2020
I agree she probably wasn't a citizen. It's notoriously hard to get uae citizenship even after living in the country for several generations
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Level 80
Jan 31, 2020
Not many changes from previous iterations other than the UK dropping off and the UAE shooting way up to the lead. That's intriguing. Have the Emirates made this a political priority or something to have the strongest passport in the world? I guess having friendly relations with both the Western and Arab worlds would be an advantage, in addition to being geographically situated at the mid-point between Asia, Europe, and Africa. Aside from the UAE the rest of these countries are essentially tied for 2nd place.
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Level 80
Jan 31, 2020
Actually I just checked the source and it looks like the UK should be on here, tied with Singapore.
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Level 67
Jan 31, 2020
Hah, reading the description it sounds like a passport is some magical superhero item. Mine has more powers than yours! Behold the mighty pink passport!
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Level 67
Jan 31, 2020
It turns out the vatican doesnt not have extra special superpowers :D

Surprising UK isnt there along with the rest of western europe.

Im extremely curious what the countries are that these countries cant visit. So basicly "Which country has the most powerfull forcefield, that can withstand even the most powerfull of passports!"

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Level 72
Jan 31, 2020
Love that you posted this on "Brexit day".
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Level 45
Jan 31, 2020
Quiz needs another update
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Level 67
Jan 31, 2020
For those interested, Afghanistan has the least powerful one, with a score of 35 (plus it is one of the countries where noone is welcome, along with north-korea (turkmenistan welcomes one and iraq two). And many african countries score low, but the highest is (no surprise) south africa with a score of 102.
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Level 54
Jan 31, 2020
Who do Turkmenistan and Iraq welcome?
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Level 54
Jan 31, 2020
Wow good for the UAE
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Level 80
Jan 31, 2020
The UK, Canada, New Zealand, Lithuania, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic are all at 169, too, according to the source.
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Level 70
Jan 31, 2020
The quiz probably should have been updated before it was featured since the source is now based on 2020 information vs. 2019 information.
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Level 80
Feb 1, 2020
are you sure that's the difference? To me it looked like the quiz was just cut off at "top" 22, even though there were 8 more countries tied for the same position.
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Level 67
Jan 31, 2020
I was wondering if the UK fell off the list because of brexit
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Level 49
Jan 31, 2020
When you type in Spain but you spell it wrong and that's the only one you got wrong.
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Level 52
Jan 31, 2020
I just read last week in the Guardian and the Independent that Japan is now the most powerful passport, with Singapore on 2, and South Korea and Germany on 3
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Level 69
Jan 31, 2020
Yay, U.S.! I can get into Equatorial Guinea without a visa! Take THAT, almost anyone else!
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Level 80
Feb 1, 2020
In my own travels I had to apply for visas to these countries:

Russia (expensive and time consuming, especially because I had a US passport), Belarus (not that bad since I had a sponsor in the country), Saudi Arabia (work visa, and the company paid for everything, but still an enormous hassle), India (pain in the butt though not as bad as Russia, and especially expensive because I'm American), Vietnam (took a day with expedited service in 2008; in 2014 I could just do it online and it was easy)

Everywhere else I went was visa-free or visa-on-arrival and fairly routine and painless. The small number of places where I had to get visas, though, I noticed that there was often a significantly higher fee for Americans than for nationals from other countries. But this minor inconvenience was outweighed by the large number of places I could go to without even thinking about it.

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Level 71
Jan 31, 2020
Where's North Korea?????
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Level 57
Feb 3, 2020
According to various sites UK is still on 173/4 - although that will most likely drop once Brexshit takes effect.
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Level 48
Feb 6, 2020
Update the quiz!
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Level 43
Feb 17, 2020
I got every answer EXCEPT for the first one: UAE
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Level 32
Mar 21, 2020
I knew my passport (Spain) was a really powerful one but I just realized is tied the 2nd best in the world. And I didn't even used it yet! :(

I only visited Schengen zone countries: Portugal, France, Italy and Andorra. And now the world is doomed with Covid19. Feels bad man.

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Level 57
Mar 31, 2020
The Henley Passport Index is a better way to measure the power of a passport.
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Level 80
May 21, 2020
Why? (legitimate question)
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Level 55
Sep 9, 2020
Surprised the UAE isn't guessed more, as their flag is in the emblem in the Quiz Photo