Your passport is your key as it opens up a world of opportunities for anyone that is fortunate enough to have one. Henley & Partners has released a passport index ‘Global Ranking 2020’. The Henley Passport Index is considered as the original ranking of all the world’s passports. It is based on data provided by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) and covers 199 passports and 227 travel destinations. It is updated in real time throughout the year, as and when visa policy changes come into effect.
The Indian passport ranks at 84, according to Henley Passport Index. However, the title of world’s most powerful passport went to Japan for the third year in a row giving visa free access to 191 countries followed by Singapore with 190 countries and more!
These are the 10 most powerful passports in the world:
Japan – 191 countries
Japan is a small island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, East Asia. Japanese passport is the world’s most powerful passport, according to the Henley Passport Index. This means 191 countries allow Japanese passport holders entry without a prior visa.
Singapore – 190 countries
Singapore is an island-city state located at the southernmost point of Malaysia. It’s seen as a global financial centre and borders Malaysia to its north. According to the Henley Passport Index, Singapore passport ranks second offering access to 190 countries.
South Korea, Germany – 189 countries
Both South Korea and Germany rank third according to the Henley Passport Index allowing access to 189 countries.
Italy, Finland – 188 countries
These two beautiful countries rank fourth in the Henley Passport Index. Being a citizen of Finland or Italy entitles you to a passport which will give you visa-free travel to 188 countries around the world.
Spain, Luxembourg, Denmark – 187 countries
These European countries share fifth position of being the most powerful passports in the world. Being a citizen of these countries entitles you visa free access to 187 countries.
Sweden, France – 186 countries
Sweden and France share sixth position being the most powerful passports in the world. Holding a Swedish or French passport gets you access to 186 countries without having to obtain a visa.
Switzerland, Portugal, Netherlands, Ireland, Austria – 185 countries
If you hold a passport of any of the above five countries, you’re entitled to visit 186 countries visa-free.
United States, United Kingdom, Norway, Greece, Belgium – 184 countries
United States, United Kingdom, Norway, Greece, Belgium share the eighth slot in the Henley Passport Index with visa free access to 184 countries.
New Zealand, Malta, Czech Republic, Canada, Australia – 183 countries
New Zealand, Malta, Czech Republic, Canada, Australia secure the ninth position in Henley Passport Index giving visa free access to 183 countries.
Slovakia, Lithuania, Hungary – 181 countries
These three picturesque countries rank 10th in the Henley Passport Index. Holding a passport of any of these 3 countries will give you visa free access to 181 countries.