passports au ukHenley Passport Index, widely acknowledged as the original and most authoritative passport index, with historical data spanning 13 years, announced the world's most powerful passports in 2018.

Germany holds on to 1st place for the fifth year running, with its citizens enjoying visa-free access to 177 countries in total, up from 176 countries in 2017.

Singapore ranks 2nd globally on the 2018 edition of the index, with visa-free access to 176 countries, while eight countries — Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden, and the UK — share 3rd place, offering passport-holders access to 175 countries. Ranking jointly 4th on the index, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Spain all provide visa-free access to 174 countries.

The US is among the countries holding 5th place on the 2018 edition of the index, improving its visa-free score from 172 in 2017 to 173 in 2018. The Russian Federation, meanwhile, climbed three places to 48th position. China has shown the most growth in North Asia over the past year, moving up 10 places compared to 2017 and now ranking 75th globally.

Ukraine (44th) and Georgia (53rd) are the highest climbers on the index, moving up by 15 and 14 ranks, respectively, following their recent visa liberalization with the EU.

Turkey ranked 50th.

World's Top 20 most powerful passports in 2018

Rank Passport Score
1 Germany 177
2 Singapore 176
3 Denmark 175
  Finland  
  France  
  Italy  
  Japan  
  Norway  
  Sweden  
  U.K.  
4 Austria 174
  Belgium  
  Luxembourg
  Netherlands
  Spain  
  Switzerland
5 Ireland 173
  Portugal  
  South Korea
  U.S.  
6 Canada 172
7 Australia 171
  Greece  
  New Zealand
8 Czech Republic 170
  Iceland  
9 Malta 169
10 Hungary 168
11 Liechtenstein 167
  Slovakia  
  Slovenia  
12 Latvia 166
  Lithuania  
  Malaysia  
13 Estonia 165
14 Poland 163
15 Monaco 162
16 Chile 161
17 Cyprus 159
18 Argentina 158
  Brazil  
19 Andorra 157
  San Marino
20 Bulgaria 156
  Romania