Top 10 : Most Powerful and Worst Passports in the World

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 Which nationalities can visit nearly all the world’s countries without applying for a visa?  Here is our Top 10 of most powerful and worst passports in the world! Surprises ahead! German nationals carry the best passports in the world, allowing them visa-free access to 177 countries worldwide, the 2016 Visa Restrictions Index from Henley & Partners has found.The annual index ranks countries based on the freedom of travel for their citizens. 

The ranking by Henley & Partners, a citizenship and planning firm, takes into account how many countries can be visited without applying for a visa. German passport holders can travel to 176 out of a possible 218, while Britons can visit 173.

The UK topped the 2015 rankings, alongside Germany, but ceded that spot after several countries relaxed visa restrictions to the latter. It was leapfrogged by Sweden last year and now lags behind Denmark, Finland, Italy, Spain and the US.

Austria, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway and Singapore share eighth place with the UK.

Syria, Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan prop up the table, each with visa-free access to fewer than 30 countries.

The Top 10 :

TOP 10 BEST PASSPORTS FOR VISA-FREE TRAVEL

(Score reveals countries and territories citizens can visit without a visa)

1. Germany

Score: 177

2. Sweden

Score: 176

3. Finland, France, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom

Score: 175

4. Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, United States

Score: 174

5. Austria, Japan, Singapore

Score: 173

6. Canada, Ireland, South Korea, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland

Score: 172

7. Greece, New Zealand

Score: 171

8. Australia

Score: 169

9. Malta

Score: 168

10. Hungary, Czech Republic, Iceland

Score: 167

TOP 10 WORST PASSPORTS FOR VISA-FREE TRAVEL

1. Afghanistan

Score: 25

2. Pakistan

Score: 29

3. Iraq

Score: 30

4. Somalia

Score: 31

5. Syria

Score: 32

6. Libya

Score: 36

7. Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Nepal, Palestinian Territory, Sudan

Score: 37

8. Kosovo, South Sudan, Yemen

Score: 38

9. Bangladesh, Congo, Lebanon, Sri Lanka

Score: 39

10. Burundi, North Korea, Myanmar

Score: 42

David Allouche
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David founded Young Diplomats in 2014. His goal was to create a platform for students in International Relations to share their articles with the world. David's holds an MA in Strategy and Diplomacy and works for an International Organization. He can be reached at youngdiplomats2@gmail.com
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