World Passport Power Ranking Sees Big Changes in Latest Report

by Anthony Losanno

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The Henley Passport Index measures the power of each country’s passports annually. The index uses historical data (spanning over 18 years) to rank all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa. The report generally doesn’t seem to have too many changes, but there were some big moves at the top of the list this year.


Japan lost its number one spot for the first time in five years and was bumped to number three. Singapore took the lead spot. It’s now officially the most powerful passport in the world, with access to 192 travel destinations out of 227 around the world visa-free.


A three-way tie for second place went to Germany, Italy, and Spain with visa-free access to 190 destinations. Japan’s fall to third place puts it in a six-way tie with AustriaFinlandFranceLuxembourgSouth Korea, and Sweden. Each of these passports offers access to 189 destinations.

The UK climbed to fourth place (a spot it last held in 2017). The US continues to decline each year and currently sits in eighth place. Americans can visit 184 destinations visa-free. Both the UK and the US jointly held first place on the index nine years ago in 2014, but have been on a downward trajectory since then.

Afghanistan remains at the bottom of the list. It’s visa-free score is only 27.

Anthony’s Take: Visa-free travel makes trips so much easier. While the US has fallen in the past decade, a US passport is still a powerful document that opens the doors to the world.

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