The 25 Most Powerful Passports in the World

After a year and a half of staying home, everyone is excited to whip out their passports, head to the airport and enjoy a holiday abroad, or a reunion with family and friends.

But not all passports are created equal. The world's strongest passports allow their holders access to more countries without extra requirements—like added visas—therefore giving them more travel freedom.

The Henley Passport Index (HPI), compiled by Henley & Partners, has ranked the strongest passports for travel freedom based on how many countries they can access by passport alone. According to the ranking's data from Q3 2021, here are the top 25 passports for travel freedom.

1. Japan

The Japanese passport is rated the most powerful in the world, with this passport allowing the holder to enter 193 different countries and territories without having to get a visa in advance.

Japanese passport
A Japanese passport being held up in an airport. Getty Images

2. Singapore

The Singaporean passport is close behind, allowing its holder to enter 192 countries.

Singapore passport
Passport from the Republic of Singapore. Getty Images

=3. Germany/ South Korea

Germany and South Korea are tied in third, with 191 countries available.

South Korean passport
An example of a South Korean passport. Getty Images

=5. Finland/ Italy/ Luxembourg/ Spain

European Union countries make up the bulk of the HPI ranking. Finnish, Italian, Luxembourgish and Spanish passports allowing visa-free entry into 190 countries.

Italian passport
An Italian passport, slightly open. Getty Images

=9. Austria/ Denmark

Austria and Denmark citizens can enjoy visa-free entrance to 189 countries.

Austrian passport
Person holding up Austrian passport. Getty Images

=11. France/ Ireland/ The Netherlands/ Portugal/ Sweden

More EU countries near the top of this rundown, with visa-free access to 188 countries.

Irish passport
An Irish passport sticking out of a suitcase. Getty Images

=16. Belgium/ New Zealand/ Switzerland/ United Kingdom/ United States

Squeaking inside the top 20, those from the U.S. and the U.K. rarely have to deal with visa requirements, and their passports—along with passports from Belgium, New Zealand and Switzerland—allow entry into 187 countries.

Woman holding American passport
Woman holding American passport and boarding pass. Getty Images

=21. Czech Republic/ Greece/ Malta/ Norway

Czech, Greek, Maltese and Norwegian passports can gain access to 186 countries visa-free.

Maltese passports
An example of a Maltese passport. Getty Images

=25. Australia/ Canada

Both the Australian and Canadian passport are accepted visa-free by 185 countries.

Australian passport
An Australian passport held over a suitcase. Getty Images

27. Hungary

A Hungarian passport breaks the top 30 strongest passports, with 184.

Hungarian passport
A Hungarian passport in a suitcase pocket. Getty Images

=30. Slovakia/ Lithuania/ Poland

These three passports follow on 183.

Polish passport
A woman handing over her Polish passport. Getty Images

=33. Slovenia/Latvia/ Iceland/ Estonia

Close behind are Slovenian, Latvian, Icelandic and Estonian passports, with access to 182 countries, visa-free.

Slovenian passport
An example of a Slovenian passport. Getty Images

=37. Malaysia/ Liechtenstein

Some 179 countries accept passports from Malaysia or Liechtenstein without a visa.

Malaysian passports
A pile of Malaysian passports. Getty Images

39. Cyprus

Cyprus citizens can enjoy 176 countries, visa-free.

Cyprus flag
The Cyprus flag. Getty Images

=40. Monaco/ United Arab Emirates

Both much-loved luxury holiday destinations, passports from the UAE and Monaco can visit 175 countries without a visa.

Dubai skyline
A view of Dubai in United Arab Emirates. Getty Images

42. Chile/ Romania/ Bulgaria

Chilean, Romanian and Bulgarian passports are accepted without other entry requirements by 174 countries.

Chilean passport
A Chilean passport sticking out of a bag pocket. Getty Images

45. Croatia

A Croatian passport is close behind, with access to 173 countries visa free.

Split in Croatia
A stone street in Split in Croatia. Getty Images

46. Hong Kong

While a Chinese passport is poorly ranked, at 74th in the world list, Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, is 18th, with access to 171 countries visa-free.

Hong Kong International airport
An arrivals sign at Hong Kong International Airport. Getty Images

=47. Brazil/ Argentina

Brazilians and Argentinians can get into 170 countries without a visa with their passports.

Brazilian passport
An example of a Brazilian passport. Getty Images

=49. San Marino/ Andorra

San Marino, a microstate that is also one of the world's wealthiest countries by GDP, boasts a passport that can enter 169 countries visa-free, the same as Andorra.

San Marino flag
The flag for San Marino. Getty Images

50. Brunei

Brunei's passport can gain access to 166 countries without a prior visa.

Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in Brunei
Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in Brunei. Getty Images

51. Barbados

Barbados is one of the world's most loved holiday destinations, but should someone choose to leave, they can go to 161 countries without a visa.

Bottom Bay in Barbados
Barbados's Bottom Bay. Getty Images

=52. Israel/ Mexico

Israel and Mexico's passports are ranked at 159.

Israeli passport
An example of an Israeli passport. Getty Images

54. St. Kitts and Nevis

The passport for these Caribbean islands gains access to 157 countries without other entry requirements.

Basseterre in St Kitts and Nevis
A view of Basseterre in St Kitts and Nevis. Getty Images

55. Bahamas

And finally, Bahamas' passports are accepted without a visa by 155 countries.

Plane flying over palm tree
Airplane flying over palm trees. Getty Images

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