The World’s Most powerful passports in 2023

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Blue and red biometric passports of United Arab Emirates on background of various documents of many countries of the world

According to latest rankings conducted by Henley Passport Index, the world’s most travel-friendly passport is Japan.

The most current Henley Passport Index offers insights into a world that has undergone unprecedented transformation and offers a compelling preview of what is ahead for us in 2023.

According to unique and verified data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Japan has topped the list for five years in a row. Astonishingly, 193 out of 227 places around the world are now visa-free for Japanese nationals to travel to.

With the fewest visa-free destinations, Afghanistan continues to be at the bottom of the list.

The best passports to hold in 2023 are:

  1. Japan (193 destinations)
  2. Singapore, South Korea (192 destinations)
  3. Germany, Spain (190 destinations)
  4. Finland, Italy, Luxembourg (189 destinations)
  5. Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden (188 destinations)
  6. France, Ireland, Portugal, United Kingdom (187 destinations)
  7. Belgium, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, United States, Czech Republic (186 destinations)
  8. Australia, Canada, Greece, Malta (185 destinations)
  9. Hungary, Poland (184 destinations)
  10. Lithuania, Slovakia (183 destinations)

The worst passports to hold are;

  1. North Korea (40 destinations)
  2. Nepal, Palestinian territory (38 destinations)
  3. Somalia (35 destinations)
  4. Yemen (34 destinations)
  5. Pakistan (32 destinations)
  6. Syria (30 destinations)
  7. Iraq (29 destinations)
  8. Afghanistan (27 destinations)
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