The 25 Most Powerful Passports in the World

The 25 Most Powerful Passports in the World
How does your passport stack up against the countries listed? Slide through to find out what countries have the most powerful passports, listed from lowest to highest. Getty Images
25 Costa Rica
25. Costa Rica: 149 countries (tie)

The Republic of Costa Rica, located in Central America, has a population of nearly 5 million and a GDP of $61 billion.
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You would think that a passport is your key to the world, but did you know that not all passports are alike? It’s true. Some countries’ passports only get you into a few countries, based on relations between your home country and the one you’re visiting, visas, even the levels of terrorism or danger from where you’re traveling. But there are some countries that have extremely powerful passports, getting you into hundreds of countries, allowing you to travel the world.

The Henley Passport Index is a list of the most powerful passports, ranking them every year based on a number of criteria like the need for visas when traveling, visa-free entries, or the use of e-visa. Several of the countries listed tied on the number of countries their passport allows entry to, and you’ll see this reflected by multiple entries sharing the same ranking.

What do you think is the most powerful passport? You might think it’s the United States, or maybe the United Kingdom, maybe Germany. Guess what? You’re wrong. Those countries’ passports certainly guarantee their citizens entry to a ton of countries, but they don’t top the list. In fact, three of the countries that made it into the top three rankings are Asian, while the remaining seven that cracked the top three ranks are European countries.

The United States and Canada certainly crack the top ranks, but a surprising result in the past years is the number of Latin American countries whose passports have become stronger, like Brazil and Argentina.

Slide through to find out which countries have the most powerful passports, listed from lowest to highest. By the end of this slideshow, you’re going to want to pack your bags, grab the sunscreen and jump on a flight. Just remember to bring your passport.

25 Antigua and Barbuda
25. Antigua and Barbuda: 149 countries (tie)

This West Indies country has a population of over 100,000 and a GDP of $2.3 billion. Hurricane Irma, in 2017, damaged 95 percent of Barbuda’s infrastructure. The island’s population was evacuated to Antigua.
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24 Seychelles
24. Seychelles: 151 countries (tie)

Seychelles has a population of over 94,000 people and a GDP of just under $3 billion. Seychelles is made up of 115 islands.
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24 St Kitts and Nevis
24. St. Kitts and Nevis: 151 countries (tie)

Located in the West Indies, St. Kitts and Nevis has a population of over 54,000 and a GDP of $1.4 billion.
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23 Uruguay
23. Uruguay: 154 countries (tie)

This South American country has a population of more than 3 million and a GDP of $82 billion.
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23 United Arab Emirates
23. United Arab Emirates: 154 countries (tie)

This western Asian country has a population of over 9 million and a GDP of $729 billion.
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22 Bahamas
22. Bahamas: 155 countries

The Bahamas has a population of more than 391,000 and a GDP of $9.3 billion. Its economy is largely based on tourism and finance.
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21 Mexico
21. Mexico: 158 countries

Mexico has a population of over 123 million and a GDP of $2.4 trillion.
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20 Barbados
20. Barbados: 160 countries

This Caribbean country has a population of 277,000 and a GDP of $4.6 billion.
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19 Israel
19. Israel: 161 countries

The relatively small Middle Eastern country has a population of just under 9 million and a GDP of $334 billion.
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18 Brunei
18. Brunei: 165 countries

Located along the South China Sea, Brunei has a population of 417,000 and a GDP of $33 billion.
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17 San Marino
17. San Marino: 168 countries (tie)

San Marino is a microstate surrounded by Italy. It has a population of 33,000 and a GDP of $2 billion.
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17 Andorra
17. Andorra: 168 countries (tie)

Andorra is a microstate on the Iberian Peninsula. It has a population of 77,000 and a GDP of $3.2 billion.
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You would think that a passport is your key to the world, but did you know that not all passports are alike? It’s true. Some countries’ passports only get you into a few countries, based on relations between your home country and the one you’re visiting, visas, even the levels of terrorism or danger from where you’re traveling. But there are some countries that have extremely powerful passports, getting you into hundreds of countries, allowing you to travel the world.

The Henley Passport Index is a list of the most powerful passports, ranking them every year based on a number of criteria like the need for visas when traveling, visa-free entries, or the use of e-visa. Several of the countries listed tied on the number of countries their passport allows entry to, and you’ll see this reflected by multiple entries sharing the same ranking.

What do you think is the most powerful passport? You might think it’s the United States, or maybe the United Kingdom, maybe Germany. Guess what? You’re wrong. Those countries’ passports certainly guarantee their citizens entry to a ton of countries, but they don’t top the list. In fact, three of the countries that made it into the top three rankings are Asian, while the remaining seven that cracked the top three ranks are European countries.

The United States and Canada certainly crack the top ranks, but a surprising result in the past years is the number of Latin American countries whose passports have become stronger, like Brazil and Argentina.

Slide through to find out which countries have the most powerful passports, listed from lowest to highest. By the end of this slideshow, you’re going to want to pack your bags, grab the sunscreen and jump on a flight. Just remember to bring your passport.