The annual ranking of the world’s most powerful passports in 2021 based on how many destinations the holder can enter without a visa. So what is the most open travel document in the world?
The most powerful passport in the world is the Japanese passport. Yes, you read that right! Japan secured first place this year, offering “visa-free” or “visa-on-arrival” access to some 191 countries and territories, a position it previously shared with Singapore.
The Asian continent dominated the Henley list in 2021, with Singapore securing the No. 2 spot and South Korea tying Germany for the No. 3 spots.
European countries have a strong presence in the rest of the Top 10 of the ranking, with Italy and Finland at No. 4, Spain, Luxembourg and Denmark in fifth place, Sweden and France at No. 6, and Switzerland, Portugal, Ireland and Austria occupying the seventh place.
The passports of the United States, Belgium, Greece, Norway and the United Kingdom came in eighth place jointly (the latter, being during 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015 the most powerful passport in the world).
The US passport provides access to 183 destinations in 2020 and in 2021 even with the Covid-19 pandemic still issue her passports, giving it its eighth place. Passports from 16 other countries provide better access than that of the United States. The American country fell in the ranking of this year: in 2019 it occupied the sixth place. Then:
The 20 Most Powerful Passports In The World In 2021:
1. Japan (191 countries and territories)
2. Singapore (190)
3. South Korea and Germany (189)
4. Italy, Finland (188)
5. Spain, Luxembourg and Denmark (187)
6. Sweden, France (186)
7. Switzerland, Portugal, the Netherlands, Ireland and Austria (185)
8. United States, United Kingdom, Norway, Greece and Belgium (184)
9. New Zealand, Malta, the Czech Republic, Canada and Australia (183)
10. Slovakia, Lithuania and Hungary (181)
11. Iceland, Latvia and Slovenia (180)
12. Estonia (179)
13. Liechtenstein and Malaysia (178)
14. Poland (176)
15. Monaco (175)
16. Chile and Cyprus (174)
17. Romania (172)
18. Bulgaria and the United Arab Emirates (171)
19. Argentina and Brazil (170)
20. Croatia and Hong Kong (169)
Next, the passports with the least access “without a visa” or “visa on arrival” in the world.
The worst passports to own in 2021:
100. North Korea and Sudan (39 countries and territories)
101. Nepal and the Palestinian Territory (38)
102. Libya (37)
103. Yemen (33)
104. Somalia and Pakistan (32)
105. Syria (29)
106. Iraq (28)
107. Afghanistan (26)
The ranking is made according to the score that each country achieves in terms of the number of other countries to which visa-free access is possible.
The database is made up of all the countries and territories included in the database of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Since not all territories issue passports, there are far fewer countries/territories that are classified than the destination countries/territories with which inquiries are made.