It’s just not the color of your passport or the number of pages your passport has, that distinguishes the power of a passport. Some passports are just quite powerful. And traveling gets even more easier, with power in hands, isn’t it? Owning a passport really opens a world full of possibilities.
Every country’s passport has its own regulations – be it just having a visa-free entry into other countries or by clearing customs like a breeze.
Passport Index, which is an online source that ranks the world’s passports each year to identify them as per their powerfulness, released their rankings of 2017. Across this ranking, you shall come across the fact that several countries have the best of both the worlds for travelers.
Germany has come out on top of the list of being the World’s Most Powerful Passport of 2017, according to Global Passport Power Rank. Germans can visit a total of 177 countries according to this ranking, followed closely by the passport holders of Sweden and Singapore who can visit 175 countries.
Denmark, Finland, Italy, Spain, and United States are all on third position as citizens of these countries can travel to over 174 countries, visa free. Passport holders from Austria, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, United Kingdom can visit 173 countries and people from Ireland, Japan, New Zealand can visit 172 countries.
Canada, Greece, Portugal and Switzerland rank next with 171 countries visa free, that is also followed by Australia, South Korea with 170 countries and Iceland at 169 countries.
While many European and Asian countries rank high, some countries in the Middle East are at very end. The lowest ranking passport on the list is of Afghanistan where the passport holders can only visit 25 countries. Residents of Pakistan can visit 29 countries. Indian passport holders are granted around 52 countries visa free. Surprisingly, the Israeli passport holders are granted visa free access to over 147 countries.
Below is the World Map by the numbers of Visa Free Entries in countries.