World Most Powerful Passports Ranked for 2020

World Most Powerful Passports Ranked 2020

Did you know that Indian passport holders can travel up to 58 different countries around the world visa-free? The Indian passport is ranked 84th as the world’s most powerful passports index of 2020 can get you to 58 approved destinations.

According to the data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), report for the world most passport index 2020 has rolled out recently which each country passport is ranked based on number of destination the holder can access without a prior visa.

While Japan maintains to remain in the first place with up to 191 visa-free access, Indian passport ranking dropped from 82th in 2019 to 84th in 2020. Without further ado, let’s find out what are the world’s top 10 most powerful passports and top 10 worst passports in 2020:

World’s Top 10 Most Powerful Passports

According to IATA, these are the world’s most powerful passports based on the number of destinations the holder can travel to.

  1. Japan: Visa-free entry to 191 countries
  2. Singapore: 190 countries
  3. Germany and South Korea: 189 countries
  4. Finland and Italy: 188 countries
  5. Denmark, Luxembourg and Spain: 187 countries
  6. France and Sweden: 186 Countries
  7. Austria, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland: 185 countries
  8. Belgium, Greece, Norway, UK and USA: 184 countries
  9. Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Malta, New Zealand: 183 countries
  10. Hungary, Lithuania and Slovakia: 181 countries

USA Ranking:

In 2019, USA was ranked as 6th most powerful passport with a score of 183 destinations. Since that has changed in 2020, its ranking dropped to 8th place along with UK respectively. Although the number of destinations as a USA passport holder increased to 184.

Several other European countries like Germany, France and the like have quickly expanded their passport access to other countries that increased their strength. Which is the main reason for their higher ranking since they have more number of destinations compared to USA passport holders.

As a USA passport holder, you can travel around the world visa-free to Germany, France, UK, Thailand, Turkey, Sweden, and more. Although in certain countries will require visa-on arrival. So if you are unsure whether the country you are going to visit will require visa, it is always a good idea to bring one with you just in case.

World’s Top 10 Worst Passports

According to IATA, these are the world’s worst passports based on the number of destinations the holder can travel to.

  1. Afghanistan: Visa-free access to 26 countries
  2. Iraq: 28 countries
  3. Syria: 29 countries
  4. Pakistan and Somalia: 32 countries
  5. Yemen: 33 countries
  6. Libya: 37 countries
  7. Nepal and Palestinian Territory: 38 countries
  8. North Korea and Sudan: 39 countries
  9. Lebanon and Kosovo: 40 countries
  10. Bangladesh, Congo, Iran and Eritrea: 41 countries
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