The Henley Passport Index started back in 2005 and over the last 14 years has provided a global ranking of countries according to the travel freedom for their citizens. Based on IATA data, it is really the most credible and robust index of its kind.

"The Henley Passport Index is the most rigorous and sophisticated measure of global access. It goes beyond a simple ranking of passports to provide you with an in-depth picture of your travel freedom, including which countries you can access with which type of visa, how your passport has changed over the last 14 years, how your passport compares to other passports, why your passport has the level of access it does, and which additional passports would improve your mobility."

The global ranking shows that the top 10 most powerful passports are:

  1. Japan and Singapore (tied) with access to 189 countries
  2. South Korea, Germany & Finland tied with access to 187 countries
  3. Denmark, Italy and Luxembourg tied with access to 186 countries
  4. France, Sweden and Spain tied with access to 185 countries
  5. Austria, Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland all tied with access to 184 countries
  6. Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States, Belgium, Canada, Greece and Ireland all tied with access to 183 countries
  7. Malta with access to 182 countries
  8. Czech Republic with access to 181 countries
  9. Australia, Iceland, New Zealand and Lithuania all tied with access to 180 countries
  10. Latvia, Slovakia and Slovenia all tied with access to 179 countries

The bottom of the list looked like:

  • Syria, with access to 29 countries
  • Iraq, with access to 27 countries
  • Afghanistan with access to only 25 countries

For further insights, try the report they produced to learn about:

  • Global mobility trends (wealth, talent, climate migration, etc.)
  • Regional mobility trends
  • Trends in travel freedom
  • Trends in migration technology