It’s not just the color of the outside or the number of pages inside, as each country negotiates with others, some passports become more powerful. Whether citizens are able to flash their passport and breeze past customs or if it’s easy to get a visa upon arrival, every single country’s passport has its own unique set of regulations.
Passport Index, which ranks the world’s passports each year to identify which are the most powerful, released their most recent rankings in January. Several countries tie each other in the global access they provide their passport holders, so to get into the top 25, a country must rank at least as the sixth most powerful. Here are the 25 most powerful passports in the world.
3. Finland, France, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom
4. Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, United States
5. Austria, Japan, Singapore
6. Canada, Ireland, South Korea, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland
7. Greece, New Zealand
10. Hungary, Czech Republic, Iceland
12. Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Slovenia
14. Estonia, Lithuania
18. San Marino
20. Hong Kong
21. Brazil, Bulgaria, Romania
22. Andorra, Argentina
Here is the full list of The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index 2017