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Revealed: The 20 Most And Least Powerful Passports In The World, 2019

With access to the greatest number of countries visa-free, the United Arab Emirates now has the world’s most powerful passport, according to the Global Passport Ranking 2019, compiled by CEOWORLD magazine, the fastest-growing business and financial news website around the globe. The oil-rich state passport currently grants holders entry into a total of 167 countries, with 113 countries allowing visa-free entry and 54 countries allowing visas upon arrival.

Singapore occupies the 2nd spot on the list, followed by Germany. Passports from Singapore allow entry to 127 nations visa-free and entry to 39 nations with a visa upon arrival, while German passports (3rd) allow entry into 126 nations visa-free and entry into 40 nations with a visa upon arrival.

Data from the Global Passport Ranking is based on research conducted from publicly available sources and official information from government agencies. Countries are ranked by how many other countries a passport holder can get into without a visa, or with only a visa upon arrival.

Full ranking is available here: Global Passport Ranking 2019.

The World’s Most Powerful Passports, 2019

1. United Arab Emirates
2. Singapore
3. Germany
4. Finland
5. Denmark
6. Sweden
7. France
8. Italy
9. Luxembourg
10. Spain
11. Netherlands
12. South Korea
13. Norway
14. United States
15. Belgium
16. Austria
17. Greece
18. Portugal
19. Japan
20. Switzerland

The World’s 20 Least Powerful Passports, 2019

1. Afghanistan (199th)
2. Iraq
3. Pakistan
4. Syria
5. Somalia
6. Yemen
7. Sudan
8. Iran
9. Bangladesh
10. Ethiopia
11. Eritrea
12. Palestinian Territories
13. Libya
14. Lebanon
15. Sri Lanka
16. North Korea
17. Nepal
18. Congo (Dem. Rep.)
19. South Sudan
20. Nigeria

Full ranking is available here: Global Passport Ranking 2019.

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Aimee Lee Webber
Editorial Aide/Reporter at The CEOWORLD magazine. Nationally Syndicated Advice Columnist. Generally prefer dogs to humans. Loves dragons. New Yorker.