Which country has the most powerful passport?

Into how many countries can an Aussie passport get you without a visa?

a group of foreign passports

How many countries can an Aussie passport allow you to travel to without needing a visa? According to the Passport Index, when it comes to the most valuable passport in the world German citizens have hit the jackpot, while Aussies and Brits fall short.

The Passport Index ranked 93 passports around the world, taking into account how many countries that can be visited without having to apply for a visa. If you’re lucky enough to own a German or Swedish passport, you can gain entry to 157 out of 218 possible countries. UK (ranked 2nd) and US passport holders (ranked 4th) can get into 156 and 154 countries respectively, without a visa.

Meanwhile, Aussie passport holders (ranked 8th) can travel to 150 countries. New Zealanders (ranked 6th) are a tad ahead in the travel game, with their passport allowing them access to 152 countries.

And which countries allow citizens access to the least number of countries? Unfortunately, passport holders of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Somalia are the least lucky when it comes to their passports.

Here are the top five most powerful passports in the world:

  1. Germany and Sweden – 157
  2. Finland, Italy, Switzerland, France, Spain and UK – 156
  3. Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, South Korea and Norway – 155
  4. Singapore, Luxembourg, Austria, Portugal and United States – 154 countries
  5. Greece, Ireland and Japan – 153 countries

Here are the five least powerful passports in the world:

89. Syria – 34 countries
90. Somalia – 32 countries
91. Iraq – 30 countries
92. Pakistan – 27 countries
93. Afghanistan – 24 countries

You can see the full list and more at Passport Index.



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    Ted Wards
    8th Jun 2016
    I read an article about people having trouble with their older passports because of not having e passports. Does anyone know anything about this?
    8th Jun 2016
    Yes! They have been around for a while now. The new publicity on them is because the USA are now not accepting any passport that is not also an e-passport. With an e-passport you effectively scan it in a machine at the airport and it allows you to go through passport control without queuing for the Immigration desk. Of course you have to queue for the machines instead!

    You still have to go through customs in the usual way.

    You know if your passport is one of these because there will be a camera icon on the front cover. If it is not there, and you want to go to the USA you will need to get a new passport - and pay the fee! The e-passport is meant to be more tamper-proof so more secure and harder to forge.

    8th Jun 2016
    The comments can be deleted, but the facts remain.
    8th Jun 2016
    I agree, Fast Eddie.

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