World’s most powerful passports as seen by Henley Passport index has Japan’s Passport as with Singapore and South Korea as second and German Passport as 3rd worlds most powerful passport together with Spain.
2023 World’s Most Powerful Passports
The annual passport index ranks every passport in the world – all 199 of them. To compile the ranking each passport is awarded a single point for every country or destination the holder can travel to without having to apply for a visa, and any country where only a visa on arrival, visitors permit or an electronic travel authority (ETA) is required.
For every destination where a visa that cannot be claimed at airports, ports or border checkpoints is needed, or for nations where pre-departure government approval is mandatory, the passport receives zero points.
Germany Passport ranked 3rd world’s most powerful passport internationally
In 2023, Germany slumped one place from the company’s January 2022 ranking, joining Spain as the world’s third most powerful passports. The country was superseded only by Japan,Singapore and South Korea. Japanese citizens can travel to 193 countries visa free, and in Singapore and South Korea, which ranked joint second, passport holders can travel to 192 countries visa free.
The ranking comes just as the German government has published a draft of its citizenship reform, a new law which will radically change who is eligible to apply for German citizenship. The law could come into force as early as summer 2023, and when it does Germany’s migrant population will be able to hold dual citizenship with their home country.
The passports of Germany’s top four biggest migrant populations – Romania, Poland, Bulgaria and Turkey – were scattered across the ranking, coming in 17th, 9th, 18th and 52nd place respectively.
Best world’s powerful passports in 2023
According to Henley’s 2023 Passport Index, the most powerful passports in the world are:
- Japan (193)
- Singapore, South Korea (192)
- German Passport, Spain (190)
- Finland, Italy, Luxembourg (189)
- Austria, Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden (188)
- France, Ireland, Portugal, United Kingdom (187)
- Belgium, Czechia, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, United States (186)
- Australia, Canada, Greece, Malta (185)
- Hungary, Poland (184)
- Lithuania, Slovakia (183).