April 2016: World’s Most Powerful Passports

Travelling internationally requires one or more documents. The ‘Passport’ is one of these documents; it carries the identity and nationality of its holder and is usually issued by a country’s government. Usually all Passports have similar feel and the ‘Coat of Arms’ of the issuing country but some are given more priority than the others based on their Visa Free Scores (VFS). This score is the number of countries that allow the holder of that passport entry without requiring a visa.

World’s Most Powerful Passports

World’s Most Powerful Passports

According to the Global Passport Power Rank 2016 (April), the German and Swedish passports are currently the most powerful passports in the world with 157 VFS each. Ranked next are the Finnish, Italian, Swiss, French, Spanish and the UK passports, which all sit second with 156 VFS. Coming at third are the Danish, Dutch, Belgian and the Norwegian passports with 155. The US ranks alongside Singapore, Portugal, Luxembourg and Austria at 4th with 154 while Greece, Ireland and Japan round off top 5 with 153.

The highest African country on the list is Seychelles at the 25th position with 123 VFS, although it is not listed under the continent. Other high ranking African countries includes Mauritius – 116 (31st), South Africa – 90 VFS (45th), Botswana – 66 (61st), Lesotho – 66 (61st) and Malawi – 65 (62nd).

Nigeria is ranked 80th with 46 VFS while Ghana, Egypt, Kenya and Gambia are ranked 67th, 75th, 63rd and 64th with 60, 51, 64, 63 VFS respectively. While at the bottom of the list sits Syria (89th) Somalia (90th), Iraq (91st), Pakistan (92nd) and Afghanistan (93rd) with 34, 32, 27 and 24 VFS respectively.

Source: Passport Index

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