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Do you know which countries have the world’s most powerful passports in 2023?

Do you know which countries have the world’s most powerful passports in 2023?

A report from U.K.-based global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners reveals that for the fifth year running Japan has the world’s most powerful passport, with Canada also near the top of the list.

The report, based on data from the International Air Transport Association (ITATA), ranks all the world’s 199 passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.

This year sees Japan crowned number one for the fifth consecutive year, with Japanese citizens now able to visit 193 destinations out of 227 countries visa-free. South Korean and Singaporean passports are tied for second place with a visa-free score of 192.

A slew of European countries follow this trio of passports, including Germany and Spain, which are tied for third place, boasting a visa-free score of 190 countries worldwide. Finland, Italy and Luxembourg follow in fourth place with a score of 189. Austria, Denmark, Netherlands and Sweden landed in fifth place, scoring 188.

The UK and US are in 6 and 7 with scores of 187 and 186, nearly a decade after jointly holding the top spot in 2014.

Austria, Denmark, Netherlands and Sweden came at number 5. Their citizens can access 188 visa-free destinations, followed by France, Ireland, Portugal and the U.K. in sixth place.

Ranked number 7 are Belgium, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and the U.S., tied on 186 destinations, while Australia, Canada, Greece and Malta ranked eighth with 185 visa-free destinations.

Hungary and Poland, each with 184 visa-free destinations, ranked ninth and Lithuania and Slovakia tied with 183 visa-free destinations in tenth place.

Afghanistan (visa-free score of 27), Iraq (visa-free score of 29) and Syria (visa-free score of 30) remain at the bottom of the Henley Passport Index.

Global travel is at around 75% of pre-pandemic levels and there is no doubt that the top spots will be taking advantage of the freedom their passports provide, travelling to some of the most beautiful places in the world and booking trips to the best places to visit in 2023.

According to Henley Passport Index, there is a direct link between a passport strength and economic power as just six per cent of passports worldwide can provide visa-free access to more than 70 per cent of the global economy and only 17 per cent of passport holders can access most of the world’s 227 destinations.

For example, Japanese passport owners have access to 85 per cent of countries, which collectively account for 98 per cent of the global economy.

In contrast, Afghan nationals can access just 12 per cent of the world, which is less than one per cent of global economic output.

Here are the world’s 10 most powerful passports for 2023:

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

These are 10 worst passports in 2023, according to the Henley index

  1. Afghanistan, 27 visa-free destinations
  2. Iraq, 29 visa-free destinations
  3. Syria, 30 visa-free destinations
  4. Pakistan, 32 visa-free destinations
  5. Yemen, 34 visa-free destinations
  6. Somalia, 35 visa-free destinations
  7. Nepal and the Palestinian Territories, 38 visa-free destinations
  8. North Korea, 40 visa-free destinations
  9. Bangladesh, Kosovo and Libya, 41 visa-free destinations
  10. Congo (Dem. Rep.), Lebanon, Sri Lanka and Sudan, 42 visa-free destinations

Henley & Partners is the global leader in residence and citizenship by investment. Each year, hundreds of wealthy individuals and their advisors rely on their expertise and experience in this area. The firm’s highly qualified professionals work together as one team in over 35 offices worldwide, according to its website.

Part of the article was reported by CTV News.