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Which Countries Have the Most Powerful Passports?

Destination & Tourism | Patrick Clarke | April 16, 2015

Which Countries Have the Most Powerful Passports?

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A passport from the U.S. or U.K. can get you into more countries than any other.

According to the latest Passport Index power rankings, which analyzes all of the world's passports and reveals how much access each provides via data based on sources from the International Air Transportation Agency (IATA), U.S. and U.K. passports reign supreme, allowing holders to enter as many as 147 different countries without needing to obtain an advance visa or purchase a visa on arrival.

France, Germany and South Korea are each tied for a close second place, boasting entry to 145 countries.

Italy and Sweden (144) round out the top three, but you can view the below list for a complete rundown of the top 10:

10. Poland, Slovakia (137 countries)

9. Czech Republic, Australia, Hungary (138 countries)

8. New Zealand (139 countries)

7. Canada, Greece, Austria, Malaysia (140 countries) 

6. Spain, Norway, Ireland, Belgium, Portugal (141 countries)

5. Switzerland (142 countries)

4. Denmark, Singapore, Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands (143 countries)

3. Italy, Sweden (144 countries)

2. France, South Korea, Germany (145 countries)

1. U.S., U.K. (147 countries)

Although New Zealand beating out Asia Pacific neighbor Australia comes as somewhat of a surprise, as Ana Swanson of the Washington Post points out, "advanced economies dominate the top of the list," with many of the world's most powerful nations sitting atop the rankings. 

As for the other end of the spectrum, here are the countries with the most limited passports and where they rank worldwide:

71. Pakistan (46 countries) 

72. Chad (45 countries)

73. Cambodia, Lebanon, North Korea, Gabon (44 countries)

74. Angola, Rwanda (43 countries)

75. Timor-Leste, Madagascar (42 countries) 

76. Yemen, Kosovo, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Central African Republic (41 countries)

77. Bhutan, Equatorial Guinea, Comoros, Burundi (40 countries)

78. Eritrea, Somalia (39 countries)

79. Iraq, Djibouti, Afghanistan, Nepal, Ethiopia (38 countries)

80. Solomon Islands Myanmar (Burma), South Sudan, Sao Tome and Principe, Palestinian Territories (28 countries)

You can view the interactive map and filter passports by location, color and rank at


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