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Singapore knocks Japan off top spot in passport power ranking

The U.S. Continues to Slide Down the International Passport Power Rankings
Favourite migration destination of Indians—Australia and Canada—gain ‘passport power’

Los Angeles, July 20, 2023 A.Gary Singh

The Henley Passport Index is based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and ranks 199 passports worldwide.
Henley & Partners, a residence and citizenship advisory firm, and the International Air Transport Association regularly rank the world's strongest and weakest passports based on how many destinations passport holders can enter either visa-free, or with a visa-on-arrival.

The best passports to hold in 2023 are:

1. Singapore ----(192 Country)
2. Germany, Italy, Spain (190 Country)
3. Austria, Finland, France, Japan, Luxembourg, South Korea, Sweden (189 Country)
4. Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands, UK (188 Country)
5. Belgium, Czech Republic, Malta, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland (187 Country)
6. Australia, Hungary, Poland (186 Country)
7. Canada, Greece (185 Country)
8. Lithuania, United States (184 Country)
9. Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia---(183 Country)
10. Estonia, Iceland (182 Country)

For five long years, Japan has been sitting pretty in the No.1 position in the Henley Passport Index, which measures global travel freedom in terms of how much visa-free and visa-on-demand access to the world different citizens enjoy. Japan’s been knocked down into third place and the new titleholder is Singapore, whose citizens are able to visit 193 destinations out of 227 around the world visa-free.

Singapore has topped a ranking of the world's most powerful passports, toppling Japan from the top spot. Singaporeans enjoy visa-free entry to 192 destinations, more than travellers of any other country, according to the latest Henley Passport Index

The American passport is currently ranked 8th place on the Guide Passport Index. It provides visa-free access to 184 countries. This makes it one of the most desirable passports in the world with a very high mobility score. United States

  • The Visa Waiver Program (VWP), administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in consultation with the State Department, permits citizens of 40 countries to travel to the United States for business or tourism for stays of up to 90 days without a visa.

  • Germany, Italy and Spain have all moved up into second place with visa-free access to 190 destinations, while Japan and South Korea are joined in the No.3 slot by Austria, Finland, France, Luxembourg and Sweden. 

  • Canada was tied for the eighth spot with the Czech Republic, Greece, Malta and Australia, most of which improved ranking.

  • Indian passports ranked at 80th place. The strength of the Indian passport moved up from 87th place to 80th, giving its holders visa-free access to 57 countries

  • Citizens of Afghanistan are only able to visit 27 destinations without a prior visa, just below Iraq (with 29 destinations) and Syria (with 30).

The Henley Passport Index…..PASSPORT PHOTOS HERE


The Henley Passport Index is the original, authoritative ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa. The index is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) – the largest, most accurate travel information database – and enhanced by Henley & Partners’ research team. Expert insights regarding the latest ranking are available in the Global Mobility Report 2023 Q3.