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Best Passports to Own

Want to be the next Jason Bourne? A world class traveler? Or a Great Commission worker?

Which is the best passport to own? US? Switzerland? Canada? UK? See interesting results below.

The Henley Visa Restrictions Index is a global ranking of countries according to travel freedom their citizens enjoy. Henley & Partners has analyzed the visa regulations of all the countries and territories in the world. It has created an index which ranks countries according to the visa-free access its citizens enjoy to other countries. This is the first time that a global ranking shows the international travel freedom of the citizens of the various countries as well as the international relations and status of individual countries relative to others.

Note: There are 195 countries in the world. The following ranking does not take into consideration such factors as negative perception the world has of a given country's passport (e.g. US in the Middle East) or the vigor in which a country will back and aid their citizens in another country in case of emergency situations, arrests, etc. The study is solely based on visa free access.

The winner? Denmark, although the material difference between the top 10 countries (24 nations in total due to ties) is probably negligible (access to 157 countriees vs. 146). US (#3) & Canada (#4) are have just a one country difference and are only two and three countries less than #1 Denmark in terms of visa free access. Says Henley, "The Canadian passport is one of the best-regarded in the world and offers extensive visa-free travel."


Rank   Score Rank  Score
1 Denmark 157 14 Malta 139
2 Finland 156 24 Israel 118
2 Ireland 156 17 Hungary 131
2 Portugal 156 20 Argentina 127
3 Belgium 155 23 Brazil 122
3 Germany 155 26 Romania 115
3 Sweden 155 27 Mexico 114
3 United States 155 29 Croatia 108
4 Canada 154 35 South Africa 88
4 Italy 154 38 St. Kitts & Nevis 84
4 Japan 154 42 Turkey 75
4 Luxembourg 154 44 Dominica 71
4 Netherlands 154 53 Russian Federation 60
4 Spain 154 54 Taiwan 59
5 Austria 153 61 Thailand 52
5 Norway 153 61 United Arab Emirates 52
6 France 152 70 Saudi Arabia 42
6 United Kingdom 152 72 Bosnia and Herzegowina 40
7 Australia 151 75 India 37
8 New Zealand 150 78 Egypt 34
8 Singapore 150 79 China 33
9 Greece 149 82 Jordan 30
9 Switzerland 149 83 Korea, Dem People's Republic 29
10 Iceland 146 87 Pakistan 25
11 Malaysia 145 87 Iran 25
12 Korea, Republic of 144 88 Iraq 23
13 Liechtenstein 140 89 Afghanistan 22
14 Cyprus 139
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Reader Comments (11)

hi, i am wondering if you can include Hong Kong passport. I think Hong Kong passport will be one of the top ranking ones.


September 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhongkongll

According to Henly travel what is the rank of a Saint Vincent and the Grenadines passport?

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLarry

What is the rank of a Saint Vincent and the Grenadines passport according to Henly travel

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLarry

The United Kingdom has replaced Denmark in 2010 as the top passport to travel.


May 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfitzgerald1

the Canadian passport is #1 and I'm not saying it just because I'm Canadian. It is the most powerful and respected passport in the world from my research in a school project.

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterl-j

I would give my wote for skandinavian passports by far because we (i'm from Finland) don't need to pay the BIG entrance fees like US, Australia etc often need to and because the reputation of the skandinavians in general. Been travelling in over 100 countrys and it really works! BTW: it seems that now Denmark, Sweden and Finland are the first ones at the list. https://www.henleyglobal.com/citizenship/visa-restrictions/

September 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNot North American passport.

By far the worst passport to have is the Palestinian.

March 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMock

With a Finnish passport you can travel to the most countries in the world without a visa, and it is also easy to get a visa to those countries where you cannot travel to without a visa. UK and USA passports are not even close, because they often have problems with getting visas, or long waiting periods. I got my 1 year multiple entry visa to China in less than 30 minutes, my UK and US colleagues where shocked because they only got single entry visas valid for a month and waited several weeks for them. Similar story with Kazakhstan and Russia visas.

My wife has a Russian passport and a Finnish passport and this is probably the best combination that exists for visa free travel, because both passports offer the maximum visa free travel together. Correct me if I am wrong.

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBen

I am surprised Israel is able to have an ok ranking, considering NOONE likes them!!

September 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBest

I'm a Korean passport holder and so far it has served me really well. I didn't need a visa for most countries, even if I did it has been always easy. also cheap too. i.e for Iran, I paid 38 euros when other europeans paid 75 euros. visa free for Vietnam, Laos, 90 days free for Thailand (most people only get 15 day visa), Turkey and of course Schengen area etc. You may think US or Canadian passports are the best but when you travel you will know that they are not. they are really not welcomed in the middle east, pay more for visas etc. when you rank the best passports, you will also consider the amount of fee you have to pay for the visa (i.e other nations pay 30-40 dollars for chinese visa whereas americans pay 160 dollars or something), delay etc.
I cannot say much about it but having traveled through 40+ countries I think the best passports are Korean and Japanese.

December 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbiran

Hands down!
Canadian Passport is the most respected around the world, compared to the UK & USA, no terrorist or fanatics are trying to kill us while traveling, I would bet right near the Canadian passport would be the SWISS, both of these societies are a very tolerant and respectful of others culture and traditions, that is why we may need visas to go some places, but we are always welcomed with open arms to experience there culture, history, beaches food, music and traditions, no matter what country we decide to visit or retire in/

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMukesh Shewakramani

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