A passport is known to be a strong passport if it allows the holder to travel visa free for more and more countries. The visitor may have to get a visa upon arrival in some countries but international traveling can be done without one. The Henley Passport Index provides authoritative ranking of all the world’s passports based on the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa. This article presents a list of 10 most powerful passports in the world 2023 based on the data from Henley index which in turn acquires it from International Air Transport Association (IATA).
10 Most Powerful Passports in the World 2023
Here are the 10 most powerful passports in the world 2023 along with the number of destinations you can visit visa-free with them. The rankings of these passports are provided as per the report of Henley Passport Index.
- Japan – 193 Countries
- Singapore – 192 Countries
- South Korea – 192 Countries
- Germany – 190 Countries
- Spain – 190 Countries
- Finland – 189 Countries
- Italy – 189 Countries
- Luxembourg – 189 Countries
- Austria – 188 Countries
- Denmark – 188 Countries
Now that you know the world’s most powerful passports, let us learn a little bit more about them in detail.
1. Japanese passport
The Japanese passport allows the holders to visit 193 countries without any visa making it the most powerful passport of 2023. Japan is one of the only four countries whose passport allow visa-free entry or electronic travel authorization to the four largest economies of the world, China, India, the European Union and the United States.
2. Singaporean passport
With visa-free or visa on arrival permit to 192 countries, Singaporean passport is the world’s second most powerful passport. Only the citizens of Singapore are eligible for this passport which has a validity of 10 years. Singapore also allows travels through the world’s four largest economies on its passport.
3. South Korean passport (Republic of Korea passport)
In a tie with Singapore, passport of South Korea also ranks as the second most powerful passport in the world. The South Korean passport too allows travel to 192 countries without acquiring visa first. With Japan and Singapore, South Korea is the third Asian country to be featured in this list.
4. German passport
The first European country to be included in the list of powerful passports of the world 2023 is Germany. It has visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to overall 190 countries and territories worldwide. German passport is still the most powerful European passport and is in a tie with the Spanish passport.
5. Spanish passport
Along with Germany, Spain also has the most powerful passport in Europe and the third-most in the world. With Spanish passport, its citizen can visit 190 countries without getting a visa first. The passport also allows free rights of movement and residence in any states of Switzerland, the European Union and European Economic Area.
6. Finnish passport
Issued to Finland nationals, the Finnish passport serves as an identity proof and allows international travel to the holders. Similar to Spanish passport, the passport of Finland also allows movement and stay in Switzerland, the European Union and European Economic Area. This passport allows visa-free travel to 189 countries.
7. Italian passport
Another European passport that allows visa-free entry in 189 countries and movement and residence in European Union, European Economic Area and Switzerland is Italian passport. This passport comes in Italian, English and French language with translation in all 23 official languages of the European Union.
8. Luxembourg Passport
With the strength of 189 visa-free travel countries, Luxembourg is in tie with Finland and Italy for the third place in the list of top 10 most powerful passports in the world. With this passport, citizens of Luxembourg can visit 189 countries without a visa or with a visa granted on arrival.
9. Austrian Passport
With visa free entry to 188 countries, Austria ranks fourth among the most powerful passports in the world. It has features similar to every other European passport mentioned above. To overcome certain travel restrictions, Austria allows its citizens to hold a second Austrian passport.
10. Danish Passport
Denmark and Austria are at a tie with both countries allowing visa free entry to 188 countries and territories worldwide. It is also a European passport with all features intact. Also, Denmark is the only country in European Union to not have any proof of national identity.
The country with the highest visa-free score has the most powerful passport.