The 28 Most Powerful Passports in the World

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If you’re looking to gain entry to more countries around the globe, you better hope you hail from an Asian nation. According to the 2019 Henley Passport Index, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea have the world’s most powerful passports. That means people who hold a passport from one of those nations can enter more countries without visas or prior travel approval.

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9. New Zealand (tied in ninth place)

Queenstown, New Zealand
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Passport holders from New Zealand can gain entry to 180 countries without a visa.

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9. Lithuania (tied in ninth place)

Vilnius, Lithuania
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Passport holders from Lithuania can gain entry to 180 countries without a visa.

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9. Iceland (tied in ninth place)

Reykjavik, Iceland
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Passport holders from Iceland can gain entry to 180 countries without a visa.

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9. Australia (tied in ninth place)

Sydney, Australia
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Tied in ninth place is Australia's passport, which allows its holders to enter 180 nations without a visa.

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8. Czech Republic

Boat on the Vltava River in Prague, Czech Republic
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A passport from the Czech Republic will get you into 181 nations sans visa.

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7. Malta

Birds flying over Valetta, Malta
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A passport from Malta allows travelers into 182 countries around the globe.

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6. United States (tied in sixth place)

New York City, Empire State Building
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The United States comes in at sixth place. Its passport allows citizens to travel to 183 nations without a visa.

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6. United Kingdom (tied in sixth place)

Edinburgh, Scotland
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Tied for sixth place is the United Kingdom’s passport, which allows entry to 183 countries without applying for a visa.

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6. Norway (tied for sixth place)

Geiranger fjord, Norway
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A Norweigan passport will get you into 183 nations without a visa.

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6. Ireland (tied in sixth place)

Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
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Another sixth-place finisher is Ireland’s passport, which allows citizens to travel to 183 nations without a visa.

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6. Greece (tied in sixth place)

Monastiraki Square, Athens, Greece
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Like the United Kingdom and the United States, a Greek passport will get you into 183 nations without a visa.

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6. Canada (tied in sixth place)

Quebec, Canada
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Canada’s passport allows its citizens to travel to 183 nations without a visa.

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6. Belgium (tied in sixth place)

Grote Markt, Bruges, Belgium
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Belgium’s passport ties at sixth place. The passport allows citizens to travel to 183 nations without a visa.

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5. Switzerland (tied in fifth place)

Lucerne, Switzerland
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Have a Swiss passport? You can get into 184 countries without applying for a visa.

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5. Portugal (tied in fifth place)

Lisbon, Portugal
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Tied at fifth, a passport from Portugal will get you into 184 nations without a visa.

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5. Netherlands (tied in fifth place)

Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Tied at fifth, a passport from the Netherlands will get you into 184 nations without a visa.

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5. Austria (tied in fifth place)

Belvedere Palace Gardens, Vienna, Austria
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Austrian passport holders can go to 184 nations without a visa.

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4. Sweden (tied in fourth place)

Stocholm, Sweden
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Tied in fourth place is Sweden, whose citizens can enter 185 countries without a visa.

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4. Spain (tied in fourth place)

Barcelona, Spain
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Passport holders from Spain can travel to 185 countries without a visa.

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4. France (tied in fourth place)

Montmartre, Paris, France
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Passport holders from France can gain entry to 185 countries without a visa.

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3. Luxembourg (tied in third place)

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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Tied in third place, a Luxembourg passport will gain you entry to 186 nations.

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3. Italy (tied in third place)

Pantheon, Rome, Italy
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Passport holders from Italy can enter 186 countries without a visa.

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3. Denmark (tied in third place)

Nyhavn Harbour, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Denmark allows its passport holders to enter 186 countries sans visa.

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2. South Korea (tied in second place)

Bongeunsa Temple, Seoul, South Korea
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A passport from South Korea allows for entry into 187 countries without a visa.

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2. Germany (tied in second place)

Berlin, Germany
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A passport from Germany allows for entry into 187 countries without a visa.

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2. Finland (tied in second place)

Helsinki, Finland
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Passport holders from Finland can gain entry to 187 countries without a visa.

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1. Singapore (tied in first place)

Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
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A passport from Singapore allows for entry into 189 countries without a visa.

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1. Japan (tied in first place)

Deva gate, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto, Japan
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A passport from Japan allows for entry into 189 countries without a visa.

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