These are the most powerful passports in the world 11 months ago

These are the most powerful passports in the world

Ireland ranks among them...

Good news if you're from Germany, because you have the most powerful passport in the world according to the annual Henley Passport Index.

It is the fifth year in a row that Germany has claimed the top spot on the list while Ireland has made some gains in this area moving from joint sixth up to joint fifth.

The Henley Passport Index is a ranking of all the passports of the world according to the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free.

Below is the top ten on the list, but you can view the full list here. (The numbers in brackets are the number of countries that passport can travel to without a visa)

  1. Germany (177)
  2. Singapore (176)
  3. Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden, UK (175)
  4. Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland (174)
  5. Ireland, South Korea, Portugal, United States (173)
  6. Canada (172)
  7. Australia, Greece, New Zealand (171)
  8. Czech Republic, Iceland (170)
  9. Malta (169)
  10. Hungary (168)

Henley & Partners obtained a global ranking of 199 passports from International Air Transport Association, as well as visa lists for the following 10 passports: Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, China, Cyprus, Dominica, Grenada, Malta, Montenegro, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Lucia.

In order to create visa lists for the remaining 189 passports, their research teams used publicly available online sources to cross-check each passport against all 219 travel destinations, ascertaining whether holders of that passport require a traditional visa, an electronic visa (e-Visa), a visa on arrival, or no visa.

Once the visa lists and visa-free scores for all 199 passports had been confirmed, their researchers created an independent global ranking of all the passports in their database. This global ranking was cross-checked against the global ranking provided by IATA, and any discrepancies were accounted for and verified.