Best Passports with Most Visa-Free Access to 191 Countries

Global EAT - Best Passports with Highest Visa-Free Access to 191 Countries
The German passport tied with South Korean passport is ranked the number three best passports on the Henley Passport Index 2020. (stux/pixbay)

Holding the best passports or passport to travel is a privilege. How many countries can you enter without a visa or advance visa application?  

Best passports to command visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 191 global destinations are those from Asia and Europe. 

Japan, Singapore, Germany tied with South Korea were ranked the top three, according to the Henley Passport Index 2020.  The index is rated based on data from the International Air Transport Association.

The United Kingdom, United States ranked eighth on the index, followed by Australia, Canada and New Zealand at number nine. 

Passports are one of the most important identifications for travellers. The pocket-sized document can aid or impede travellers from crossing international borders.

Top 20 on the Ranking Index

3Germany and South Korea189
4Finland and Italy188
5Denmark, Luxembourg and Spain187
6France and Sweden186
7Austria, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland185
8Belgium, Greece, Norway, United Kingdom and United States184
9Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Malta and New Zealand183
10Hungary, Lithuania and Slovakia181
11Iceland, Latvia and Slovenia180
13Liechtenstein and Malaysia178
16Chile and Cyprus174
18Bulgaria and United Arab Emirates171
19Argentina and Brazil170
20Croatia and Hong Kong (SAR China)169

Mexico passport is ranked at number 26, Taiwan at 32,  China at 72 and Philippines at 76. 

Worst 10 on the Ranking Index

1Algeria and Laos50
2Central African Republic and Jordan51
4Bhutan, Chad, Comores Islands, Equatorial Guinea and Guinea-Bissau53
5Cambodia, Madagascar, Mali, Niger and Vietnam54
6Guinea and Togo55
7Gabon and Senegal56
8Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and Uzbekistan57
9India, Mauritania and Tajikstan58
10Burkina Faso and Rwanda59

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