Henley & Partners, a London-based investment consultancy firm, has announced the Henley Passport Index for 2023, based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

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Henley & Partners, a London-based investment consultancy firm, has announced the Henley Passport Index for 2023, based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

 

A passport is the most essential document for international travel. However, some passports are more powerful than others in that they allow visa-free entry for their citizens to numerous nations, in contrast to countries with weak passports, which restrict mobility, as the people of those countries would require visas to enter the maximum number of countries across the world. The following are some countries with powerful passports in 2023, according to the Henley Passport Index.

It should come as no surprise that Japan holds the most powerful passport in the world; a feat achieved by the Asian powerhouse for five consecutive years. Japanese citizens can visit 193 destinations out of 227, comprising 85 percent of the world, without visas, according to information provided by the International Air Transport Association and collated by Henley & Partners.

Singapore and South Korea trail Japan by a fine margin, as citizens of both countries can visit 192 countries in the world without a visa. The 3rd place is tied between Germany and Spain with visa-free entry into 190 countries; followed by Luxembourg, Finland, and Italy, which occupy the 4th spot with access to 189 nations. There are four nations occupying the 5th place, viz., Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Sweden, with entry into 188 countries; followed by Belgium, the Czech Republic, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and the United States in the 6th place, with entry into 186 countries.

India is in the 85th spot on the list. The Indian passport provides visa-free access to 59 countries.

Here is a chart with the top countries in the world with the most powerful passports.

Country Rank Access
Japan 1 193
Singapore 2 192
South Korea 2 192
Germany 3 190
Spain 3 190
Finland 4 189
Italy 4 189
Luxembourg 4 189

At the other end of the spectrum, Afghanistan ranks as the country with the least powerful passport, providing access to only 27 countries, holding the bottommost rank of 109, according to the Index. 

The following is a list of countries with the weakest passports.

Country

Rank

Access

Nepal

103

38

Palestine

103

38

Somalia

104

35

Yemen

105

34

Pakistan

106

32

Syria

107

30

Iraq

108

29

Afghanistan

109

27

Iraq holds the penultimate rank with entry to 29 countries, preceded by Syrians and Pakistanis, who can travel to 30 and 32 countries without visas, respectively. Some of the other nations with the weakest passports include Yemen, Somalia, Palestine, Nepal, North Korea, Libya, Kosovo, and Bangladesh.

 

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