New Delhi: Whether they’re bursting with vibrant colours, clad in snow, or considered dreamy destinations, these countries seem almost too beautiful to exist in nature. And with passport in hand, there’s always freedom to travel. However did you know not all passports are of equal status? Well, different passports give you different access and different freedom to travel. Good thing then that there’s a handy ranking that tells you just how useful your passport is. The Henley Passport Index, which periodically measures the world’s most travel-friendly passports, has ranked the countries based on which country has the strongest passport. Also Read - India drops 12 places to be at 167th in FIFA rankings
Do You Know Which Country Has The Strongest Passport In 2021?
Before we further talk about the countries with the strongest passport, let us first understand what determines a powerful passport.
What Is A Strong Passport?
Passports are ranked based on their Mobility Score. The higher the Mobility Score, the better the Passport Power Rank. Countries are ranked by the number of passports they accept visa-free or with visa on arrival.
Passports are ranked based on their Mobility Score
Here Are The Top Countries With Strongest Passport
1. Japan (191 destinations)
Japan tops the list of being the most powerful passport in the world in 2021
Japan tops the list of most powerful passport in the world for the year 2021. If you have a Japanese passport then you are in luck as 191 destinations around world will offer you visa-free or visa-on-arrival access. So unleash your wanderlust and pack your bags right away.
2. Singapore (190)
Singapore is in second place with a score of 190
Singapore being the most modern city in Southeast Asia is not only the best shopping destination for the tourists but also showcases a blend of various cultures and religions making it a multicultural city. It is in second place with a score of 190, which means Singapore citizens can travel to as many as 190 countries visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations around the world.
3. South Korea (189)
South Korea ties with Germany in third place with a score of 189
South Korea ties with Germany in third place with a score of 189. South Korea is undoubtedly a country of contrasts, with tourist attractions ranging from ancient mountaintop Buddhist temples like Bulguksa to the ultra-modern skyscrapers of Seoul like the Lotte World Tower and so much more. With its long and fascinating history, vibrant culture, and scrumptious delicacies, South Korea offers everything a traveler could want in a destination.
4. Italy (188)
Italy ties with Finland, Spain and Luxembourg
Italy ties with Finland, Spain and Luxembourg with a score of 188. The food, the wine, the history, the art and architecture, the quaint hillside towns in Tuscany, there is something here for everyone.
5. Denmark (187)
Denmark’s many charms have become apparent to a global audience in recent times
Denmark’s many charms have become apparent to a global audience, particularly in recent times. Scandinavia’s “European” wing boasts glorious beaches, beautiful fairy-tale castles, lush forests, a temperate climate, friendly citizens, and a joie de vivre that’s infectious. It shares its score with Austria.
(Fun fact: Did you know Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone was born in Copenhagen, Denmark?)
Full List: Countries and Their Passport Ranking (Henley Passport Index: Q1 2021)
World’s powerful passports in 2021
World’s powerful passports in 2021
The worst passports to hold in 2021 are:
Several countries around the world have visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to fewer than 40 countries. These include:
North Korea has a score of less than 40
103. North Korea (39 destinations)
104. Libya, Nepal (38)
105. Palestinian Territory (37)
106. Somalia, Yemen (33)
107. Pakistan (32)
108. Syria (29)
109. Iraq (28)
110. Afghanistan (26)
Pakistan (rank 107) and Nepal (rank 104) continue to be in the ‘worst passports to hold’ categoryAs for the worst? Pakistan (rank 107) and Nepal (rank 104) continue to be in the ‘worst passports to hold’ category as reported by CNN with Pakistan having a visa-free score of 32 countries and Nepal having a score of 38 destinations. Meanwhile Afghanistan sits alone in 110th and last place, with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of just 26.
Where does India stand?
India ranks 85th in the most powerful passport report
India ranks 85th in the most powerful passport report with a visa-free score of 58. It shares its place with Tajikistan. This means Indian citizens can travel to as many as 58 countries visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 58 destinations around the world.
Countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Norway, New Zealand and Switzerland are tied at the seventh position with regard to the most powerful passports in the world with a visa-free score of 185. Australia stands at the 8th position with a visa score of 184 along with Greece, Czech Republic and Malta.