Before the global pandemic struck the world was enjoying greater freedom of movement than any other time in history. Air traffic had been rising steadily for decades and the average passport holder worldwide was enjoying visa-free or visa on arrival access to 107 global destinations. The ranking for the most powerful passports in the world keeps changing day by day.
The ranking is based on the current Henley Passport Index. So here are the 10 most powerful passports in the world.
As of today, Austrian citizens have access to 187 countries and territories from which it has visa-free access to 87countries. Ranking the Austrian passport 10th in the world in terms of travel freedom according to the Henley Passport Index.
Austria allows its citizens to hold a second Austrian passport to circumvent certain travel restrictions.
Denmark’s passport is the ninth-best in the world as it provides access to 187 countries with visa-free in 83 countries. Every danish citizen is also a citizen of the European Union.
The passport entitles its bearers to freedom of movement in the European economic area, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
The 2020 Henley Passport Index has ranked Luxembourg among the world’s top five most powerful passports. It has access to 188 countries.
According to the Luxembourg nationality, any citizen of Luxembourg is allowed to hold dual or multiple passports at the same time.
Spain has the seventh most powerful passport in the world. It achieved this lofty status because it provides travel access in 188 countries and visa-free in 85 countries.
Spanish citizens can live and work in any country within the EU. As a result of the right of freedom of movement and residents granted in the EU treaty.
Finnish citizens have arrival access to 187 and visa-free access in 85 countries and territories. Ranking the Finnish passport 8th in the world tied with Italian and Spanish passports according to the Henley Passport Index.
The passport along with the national identity card allows for free rights of movement and residents in any of the states of the European Union and the United Kingdom.
Italy’s passport which placed fifth for the third year in a row has been in the top five since the index began in 2006 with access up to 188 countries and visa-free in 87.
It has been in this spot for a decade. Now Italian citizens can also resign in states of the European Union and the UK.
The German passport remains the most powerful travel document in the continent of Europe and the fourth most powerful in the world despite losing its spot last year.
German passport holders can travel to 188 countries visa-free or by obtaining a visa on arrival.
3. South Korea
South Korea’s passport ranks third most powerful. The south Korean passport has nearly topped the list as the world’s most powerful. Offering citizens access to 188 countries with or without a visa in advance.
Tying its score with Germany according to the Henley Passport Index.
The Singapore passport is ranked second as the most powerful passport in the world. With visa-free or visa on arrival access to 190 countries and territories in conjunction with the passport of japan.
Dual citizenship is strictly prohibited by the Singapore government. Singapore citizens who voluntarily acquire citizenship for a foreign country may be deprived of their Singapore citizenship.
Japan’s passport offers the highest travel mobility allowing its holders to travel to 191 countries visa-free or with a visa on arrival according to the 2020 Henley Passport Index.
The applicant must have lived in Japan for more than five years. You would lose your own nationality once you gain Japanese citizenship.