Singapore has the world’s most powerful passport in 2023. The recently released third quarter Henley Passport Index revealed a major shake-up, with Germany, Italy and Spain coming in second and Japan sharing the third rank with six other countries.
After evaluating all countries of the world, Henley creates a ranking of all the passports on the basis of the number of destinations their holders can visit visa-free with inputs from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), updating the report every quarter.
According to the release, Singapore passport holders get visa-free access to 192 countries out of 227 in the world. The nation has climbed over five ranks in the last ten years.
Just missing the top 10 mark, Malaysia made it to the 11th spot allowing passport holders to travel visa-free to 180 countries. Hong Kong shared the 17th spot with Andorra with visa-free access to 170 countries. Thailand ranked at 64th place with visa-free travel option for 79 countries. India took the 80th spot on the list with visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel option for 57 countries.
The weakest passport in the world is Afghanistan, with visa-free access to only 27 destinations.
The most powerful passports in the world, according to Henley Passport Index 2023.
|Rank||Visa-free access to||Countries|
|2||190||Germany, Italy, Spain|
|3||189||Austria, Finland, France, Japan, Luxembourg, South Korea, Sweden|
|4||188||Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands, UK|
|5||187||Belgium, Czech Republic, Malta, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland|
|6||186||Australia, Hungary, Poland|
|9||183||Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia|
|64||79||Thailand, Belarus, Lesotho|
|74||66||Philippines, Armenia, Cape Verde Islands|
|82||55||Cambodia, Vietnam, Guinea-Bissau, Mali|