German citizens currently enjoy visa-free access to 177 countries, making their passport the most powerful in the world, according to the 2018 edition of the Henley Passport Index.
The Henley Passport Index, an annual ranking of passport power by the citizenship planning firm, came out today for 2018. The index ranks nations around the world on how many countries citizens can visit without a visa – something that can be a significant cost or barrier when it comes to international travel. Germany is at the top for the fifth year in a row, with visa-free or visa-upon-arrival access to 177 countries, up from 176 last year.
In second place is Singapore, which grants visa-free access to 176 countries. A separate ranking called Passport Index is published by the global financial advisory company Arton Capital, and is updated in real time. Last October, Passport Index briefly put Singapore at the top of the world’s power passports.
The third place spot is held by eight countries, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden, and the UK, where citizens can travel to 175 countries without a visa. While European countries fill the highest-rungs of the ranking – Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Spain all tie for fourth – there were a number of advancements in many regions.
At the other end of the spectrum, the least mobile countries in the world are Pakistan, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, with visa-free access to just 30 or fewer countries.
Here is the top 10 list of most powerful passports of 2018, according to Henley & Partners:
1. Germany – 177
2. Singapore -176
3. Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden, and the UK – 175
4. Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Spain – 174
5. Ireland, South Korea, Portugal, US – 173
6. Canada – 172
7. Australia, Greece, New Zealand – 171
8. Czech Republic, Iceland – 170
9. Malta – 169
10. Hungary – 168