While all of us dream to travel the world, for the people of these countries the dream will be a little bit more achievable than most of us. These countries have the most powerful passports. Which means they won’t require a tourist visa for most of the countries or they will have access to visa-on-arrival. According to the Henley Passport Index 2019, Japan topped these year’s ranking of the strongest passports. The index is based on the number of destinations the passport holders can access without a prior visa. The Henrey Passport Index collects its data from the International Air Transport Association or IATA.
For two years in a row, Japan has been ranked as the holder of the strongest passport. The Eastern Asian country has the most travel-friendly passport which has access to 190 countries without a visa or can get the visa-on-arrival.
2. Singapore and South Korea
Singapore has been on number one spot previously but for now, it’s on the second spot as having the second strongest passport in the world. South Korea, on the other hand, had one of the biggest jumps. In 2009 it was on the 12th spot having access to 144 countries without a visa or visa-on-arrival. But currently, it holds the 2nd spot having access to visit 189 countries without a visa or can access visa-on-arrival same as Singapore.
3. France and Germany
Both of these European countries hold the 3rd rank on the Henley Passport Index. Although they don’t have any shortage of beautiful tourists destinations in their own countries. They still get to travel 188 countries without a visa or can enjoy the visa-on-arrival facility.
4. Denmark, Finland, Italy and Sweden
All four of these countries has the 4th strongest passports in the world. All of these European countries have access to 187 foreign countries without a visa or will have the advantage of visa-on-arrival process.
5. Luxembourg and Spain
Spain has dropped a place from the previous year and joined Luxembourg on the fifth spot. The holders of both of these European country’s passport will be able to travel to 186 countries without a visa.
6. Austria, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States
All of these countries will have the same privileges on their visas while traveling internationally. UK and US both have dropped from their last year positions. But the people holding their passports and the other six European countries will still get to visit 185 countries without a visa or can get the visa-on-arrival.
7. Belgium, Canda, Greece and Ireland
Belgium, Canada, Greece, and Ireland have joined each other on the 7th spot on the Henley Passport Index. Having the 7th strongest passport, the people holding passports of these countries can travel to 184 foreign countries without a visa or can access the visa-on-arrival.
8. The Czech Republic
The 8th rank is ruled by the Czech Republic this year all by itself. The people holding this European country’s passport can enjoy travelling to 183 countries without a visa or can get access to visa-on-arrival.
The beautiful archipelago nation, Malta is also solely ruling the 9th rank on the list of the strongest passport. The people who are in possession of this country’s passport can travel to 182 foreign countries without having a visa.
10. Australia, Iceland and New Zealand
Australian passport has dropped from last year and now it possesses the 10th strongest passport sharing the rank with Iceland and New Zealand. All of these county’s passport holders can travel to 181 countries without a visa or can get a visa-on-arrival.
Apart from these countries, the UAE passports had the strongest jump. In 2009 it held the 61st rank and currently it holds the 22nd rank and can be used to travel to 164 foreign countries without a visa or can access visa-on-arrival. China has also been greatly improving its position. In 2017 Chinese passports had access to 51 countries without a visa or with a visa-on-arrival. And currently, it has access to 74 countries holding the 69th rank. Meanwhile, Indian passports hold the 79th rank sharing the spot with Armenia, Benin, Mongolia and Morocco, having access to travel to 61 countries without a visa or can get access to visa-on-arrival.
The ranking also revealed the least favourable passports. Such as Iraq and Afghanistan, both of these country’s passports hold the last spot, 104th and can be used to travel to only 30 countries without a visa. Somalia and Syria hold the 103rd rank and the passport holders of these countries can enter 32 countries without a visa or can access the visa-on-arrival. Pakistani passport holds the 102nd and can be used to travel in 33 foreign countries. Yemen holds the 101st position and Eritrea holds the 100th position. Both of these country’s passport holders can travel to 37 and 38 countries respectively without a visa or can get a visa-on-arrival.