The Most Powerful Passports to Hold in 2023

According to the Henley Passport Index.

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Global citizenship and residency consulting company Henley & Partners has released its list of the passports that will have the most and least influence in 2023, following the lead of last year’s list. The Henley Passport Index, which analyzes data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and considers elements like the number of places a passport may visit with no visa, is used to establish the ranking.

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Japan tops the list this year with 193 destinations without a previous visa. South Korea and Singapore come ranked at 192nd and 192nd, respectively, in the ranking. Finland, Italy, and Luxembourg are in second and third place, respectively, with Germany and Spain in fourth. Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, France, Ireland, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Belgium, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, the United States, the Czech Republic, Australia, Canada, Greece, Malta, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, and Slovakia are all included in the top 10. With 187 total destinations, the United States ranks sixth overall.

Meanwhile, the list also shows the last 10 countries among the 199 passports included in the ranking. North Korea takes No. 102 with 40 destinations, followed by Nepal, Palestinian territory, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan coming in last.

See the passports that hold the most and least power this year, according to the Henley Passport Index, below. You can see more of the list on Henley & Partners’ website. Lastly, for more news, Antarctica Records Its Highest Temperature Ever.

The Best Passports to Hold in 2023

1. Japan (193 destinations)
2. Singapore, South Korea (192 destinations)
3. Germany, Spain (190 destinations)
4. Finland, Italy, Luxembourg (189 destinations)
5. Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden (188 destinations)
6. France, Ireland, Portugal, United Kingdom (187 destinations)
7. Belgium, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, United States, Czech Republic (186 destinations)
8. Australia, Canada, Greece, Malta (185 destinations)
9. Hungary, Poland (184 destinations)
10. Lithuania, Slovakia (183 destinations)

The Worst Passports to Hold in 2023

102. North Korea (40 destinations)
103. Nepal, Palestinian territory (38 destinations)
104. Somalia (35 destinations)
105. Yemen (34 destinations)
106. Pakistan (32 destinations)
107. Syria (30 destinations)
108. Iraq (29 destinations)
109. Afghanistan (27 destinations)

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