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The most powerful passports in the world


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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