25 Most Powerful Passports In The World You Might Want To Possibly Own

Posted by , Updated on August 17, 2015

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How powerful is your passport? Do you know? If you don’t, the day has come for you to find out. In order to measure the strength of a passport the first thing you have to take into account is how freely it lets you travel. In order to do that, we referred to the Visa Restriction Index published annually by Henley and Partners. Many nations, however, ended up with visa free access to the same amount of countries. For example, citizens of both Canada and Denmark can travel to 173 countries. In cases such as these we referred to other factors. For example, is the country part of a larger passport union? How many countries are the citizens allowed to reside within permanently? Every European Union country has an advantage in this respect. Sometimes, however, we had to look at which citizenship is more desirable in terms of travel freedom. Both the United Kingdom and the United States top the list with visa free access to 174 countries. The United States, however, is much bigger. Within its borders, American citizenship allows you to travel and reside within a greater variety of regions. It was considerations such as these that led to the following rankings. These are the 25 Most Powerful Passports In The World You Might Want To Possibly Own.

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25

Malta

MaltaSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Number of visa free countries – 166

Although a Malaysian passport also allows you to visit 166 countries visa free, because Malta is a member of the European Union its passport allows you free movement and residence within all the nations of the EU/Schengen. This tips the scales in favor of Malta.

24

Australia

AustraliaSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Number of visa free countries – 168

Australian citizens have access to most of the Americas, Europe, and can stay indefinitely in New Zealand.

23

Greece

GreeceSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Number of visa free countries – 169

As a member of the EU, the Greek passport allows citizens to live anywhere in Europe and visit 169 countries visa free.

22

Singapore

SingaporeSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Number of visa free countries – 170

Along with the next two countries on our list (New Zealand and Switzerland), citizens of Singapore can visit 170 countries visa free. Due to the tie, however, Singapore’s small size made its citizenship only slightly less powerful.

21

New Zealand

New ZealandSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Number of visa free countries – 170

As we mentioned earlier, similar to the EU model, citizens of New Zealand are free to reside indefinitely in Australia. The country’s larger size pushed its passport only slightly passed Singapore due to more lifestyle freedom.



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