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The most powerful passports in the world

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This month, the International Air Transport Association published Henley Passport Index 2023which shows the world’s most powerful passports.

The Henley Passport Index measures visa-free access to 227 countries worldwide. It ranks the world’s passports based on the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.

A key finding of the index is what they call “a direct link between passport power and access to the global economy.”

For example, a Japanese passport gives visa-free access to 193 destinations, which is a whopping 98% of the global economy. On the other hand, citizens of countries with the lowest ranking in the index, such as Afghanistan, Iraq (visa-free score of 29) and Syria (visa-free score of 30), are effectively deprived of various opportunities for economic mobility and growth.

The most powerful passport in the world #1: Japan

Japan tops the index as the most powerful country in the world for the fifth consecutive year.

According to International Air Transport Association data compiled by Henley & Partners, in 2023, Japanese passport holders can visit 193 of 227 countries without a visa, which is 85% of the world’s countries.

The most powerful passports in the world

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