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The most powerful passports in the world, ranked

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Passport Index
Some are effectively citizens of the world. Some aren’t.
By Zach Wener-Fligner

2014-15 Fellow. Quartz Things team.

This article is more than 2 years old.

A passport from a country in good global standing is a powerful thing, allowing its holder to move across borders without dealing with the nightmarish bureaucracy of a visa application.

Arton Capital, a financial firm that says it “empowers individuals and families to become Global Citizens,” at least in part by connecting clients to citizenship-purchasing programs, has put together a ranking of the world’s passports that shows which pack the most punch. The ranking sorts countries by the number of other countries a passport holder can visit without a visa or by attaining a visa upon arrival.

It also includes a great visualization of all the passports, and comes with the aesthetically-pleasing option to sort by color:

Passport Index
Passport Index
Passport Index

Overall, the list is, well, as you might predict. The countries whose citizens are afforded the most travel freedom are developed and well-off, while those at the bottom of the list are mostly poor, tiny, or turmoiled. The highest-ranked are the US and the UK; the lowest group includes South Sudan and the Palestinian Territories.

Here’s the full list, as ranked by Passport Index:

RankCountryNumber of visa-free countries
1United States of America147
1United Kingdom147
2France145
2South Korea145
2Germany145
3Italy144
3Sweden144
4Denmark143
4Singapore143
4Finland143
4Japan143
4Luxembourg143
4Netherlands143
5Switzerland142
6Spain141
6Norway141
6Ireland141
6Belgium141
6Portugal141
7Canada140
7Greece140
7Austria140
7Malaysia140
8New Zealand139
9Czech Republic138
9Australia138
9Hungary138
10Poland137
10Slovakia137
11Malta136
11Cyprus136
11Hong Kong136
12Slovenia135
12Iceland135
13Estonia134
13Oman134
13Latvia134
14Lithuania132
15Liechtenstein131
15Bulgaria131
16Argentina129
16Israel129
17Brazil128
17Romania128
17Monaco128
18Brunei125
19Chile124
19Croatia124
20San Marino123
21Andorra122
22Mexico119
22Barbados119
23Bahamas117
24Seychelles116
25Vatican City113
25Antigua and Barbuda113
25Venezuela113
25Uruguay113
26Mauritius111
27Costa Rica110
27Panama110
28Taiwan109
29Turkey108
29St. Kitts and Nevis108
30Macao106
31Serbia104
32Paraguay103
33Macedonia101
34Honduras100
35Montenegro98
35Guatemala98
35Russian Federation98
36El Salvador97
36Moldova97
37Ukraine96
38Bosnia and Herzegovina94
39Nicaragua93
40Albania91
41South Africa84
42Guinea81
43Trinidad and Tobago77
44Belize75
45China74
46St. Lucia73
47Peru72
47United Arab Emirates72
47Dominica72
48Grenada71
48St. Vincent and the Grenadines71
49Sierra Leone69
50Cuba68
50Kenya68
50Jamaica68
50Tonga68
50Botswana68
51Tuvalu67
52Niger66
52Ghana66
52Belarus66
52Qatar66
52Gambia66
53Maldives65
53Samoa65
53Lesotho65
53Kazakhstan65
54Vanuatu64
54Kiribati64
54Ecuador64
54Guyana64
54Kuwait64
55Fiji63
55Thailand63
56Swaziland62
56Colombia62
56Nauru62
57Nigeria61
57Bahrain61
57Philippines61
57Saudi Arabia61
57Azerbaijan61
57Tunisia61
57Tanzania61
57Mali61
57Namibia61
57Zambia61
58Mongolia60
58Benin60
58Morocco60
58Malawi60
59India59
59Georgia59
60Suriname57
60Indonesia57
60Uganda57
60Papua New Guinea57
60Senegal57
61Bolivia56
61Cape Verde56
62Armenia55
63Kyrgyzstan54
63Marshall Islands54
64Tajikistan53
64Uzbekistan53
64Burkina Faso53
64Mauritania53
64Zimbabwe53
64Egypt53
64Congo53
65Mozambique52
65Liberia52
66Viet Nam51
66Algeria51
66Guinea-Bissau51
66Palau51
67Togo50
67Bangladesh50
67Micronesia50
68Dominican Republic49
68Jordan49
68Haiti49
69Cameroon48
69Syria48
70Libya47
70Iran47
70Turkmenistan47
70Sudan47
70Sri Lanka47
71Pakistan46
72Chad45
73Cambodia44
73Lebanon44
73North Korea44
73Gabon44
74Angola43
74Rwanda43
75Timor-Leste42
75Madagascar42
76Yemen41
76Kosovo41
76Congo (Dem. Rep.)41
76Central African Republic41
77Bhutan40
77Equatorial Guinea40
77Comoros40
77Burundi40
78Eritrea39
78Somalia39
79Iraq38
79Djibouti38
79Afghanistan38
79Nepal38
79Ethiopia38
80Solomon Islands28
80Myanmar [Burma]28
80South Sudan28
80Sao Tome and Principe28
80Palestinian Territories28

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