German passport is the strongest in the world – again

For the fifth time in a row, German passport holders are the most welcome when crossing foreign borders

With the visa-free or visa-upon-arrival access to 177 countries, German passport is the most powerful travelling document.

German passport is the most powerful in the world — Shutterstock passport index
The German passport is the most powerful in the world — Shutterstock

According to the Henley Passport Index that annually ranks passport power, Germany rose from last year’s score of 176 as Belarus launched a five-day visa-free visit for citizens of 80 countries, Germany included.

With 176 easily accessible countries, Singapore came in second place and the third spot belongs to Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom, who all have visa-free or visa-upon-arrival access to 175 countries.

“The ranking is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which maintains the world’s largest and most comprehensive database of travel information, and is enhanced by extensive in-house research,” Henley said.

“As the world economy has become increasingly globalised, the need for greater visa-free access has grown steadily,” Henley explains the importance of such indexes.

“Wealthy individuals in particular are more cosmopolitan and transnational today than ever before, with roots, networks, assets, properties, and even citizenship spanning multiple countries.”

The least powerful passport holders come from Afghanistan, who can go to 22 countries, followed by Iraq with 27 and Syria with 28. Other citizens with restricted travelling options come from Somalia, Yemen, Lybia or Nepal.

You can access the whole Henley Index here.

Singapore too had its winning moment recently. The country topped a separate ranking called Passport Index made by Arton Capital financial advisory temporarily in October. The Singapore passport was named the most powerful when Paraguay relaxed its visa requirements for its citizens.

But Arton’s Passport Index, which is updated as changes occur, put Germany back on top in December making it consistent with Henley’s.