For the fifth year in a row, the German passport has been named as the most powerful passport in the world. German passport holders are welcomed 177 countries without a visa, making it one country more than last year. The European country is followed by Singapore, a sovereign city-state and island-country in Southeast Asia. Those possessing a passport of Singapore can visit just one country less than Germans, out of a possible 218.
A list which ranks world passports has been published by Henley & Partners, a firm focused on residence and citizenship planning. The firm publishes the annual index that ranks passports of 199 countries, according to the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free.
According to the index, since last year, most of the countries have retained the same levels of access or gained some.
Denmark, Finland and, Italy this year share the third rank with France, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Unlike last year when these three countries shared the third rank with only Spain and the United States.
Meanwhile, this year the United States shared the fifth rank with Ireland, Portugal and South Korea, offering passport-holders access to 173 countries.
The UK had topped the 2015 rankings alongside Germany, but things have changed during the past years. After falling behind last year bin the eighth place, the UK’s overall position was boosted. Last year the Belarus offered UK’s citizens visa-free entry, Kazakhstan and Vietnam renew their visa-free arrangements. If Brexit will have any impact or not on the UK’s ranking remains to be seen.
Alongside Germany and Singapore topping the list, here are the other countries ranked in the 10 first places, for offering their citizens visa free traveling in most countries:
- Germany – 177 countries
- Singapore – 176 countries
- Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom – 175 countries
- Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Spain – 174 countries
- Ireland, South Korea, Portugal, US. – 173 countries
- Canada – 172 countries
- Australia, Greece, New Zealand – 171 countries
- Czech Republic, Iceland – 170 countries
- Malta – 169 countries
- Hungary – 168 countries