The German passport. Many rights in Germany are tied to the possession of German passport. For example, only German citizens are entitled to vote at federal elections/Photo: © TAC

Here’s the A-list of the world’s most powerful passports in 2021

Germans can travel visa-free to 190 countries around the world, according to the latest Henley Passport Index.

The purple-coloured passport is therefore Europe’s most powerful.

However, the German passport is not the most powerful in the world. Japan and Singapore, with passports that permit visa-free travel to 192 destinations, jointly top the new global ranking of passport by the London-based global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners.

With 190 visa-free destinations, South Korea is tied with Germany in the second place, while Finland, Italy, Luxembourg and Spain are all in third place with 189.

The most powerful passports in 2021 are:

  1. Japan, Singapore (192 destinations)
  2. Germany, South Korea (190)
  3. Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain (189)
  4. Austria, Denmark (188)
  5. France, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden (187)
  6. Belgium, New Zealand, Switzerland (186)
  7. Czech Republic, Greece, Malta, Norway, United Kingdom, United States (185)
  8. Australia, Canada (184)
  9. Hungary (183)
  10. Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia (182)

The Henley Passport Index, based on exclusive data provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), has been regularly ranking the world’s most travel-friendly passports since 2006.

Vivian Asamoah

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