The world's most powerful passports

British travel documents were cited as among the most powerful in the world, with passport holders in the UK, along with those in Finland and Sweden, able to enter 173 countries either without a visa or with a visa-on-arrival, according to research by, a website for people moving abroad.

The US, Denmark, Germany and Luxembourg were joint second in the ranking, with passport holders able to access 172 countries. Passport holders across countries in Europe and North America, including Italy, France, Spain, Greece and Canada, along with New Zealand, generally had the best access, being able enter between 168 and 173 foreign countries without a visa or by receiving one upon arrival.

An Australian passport holder has access to 167 countries without a visa or by receiving one upon arrival, the same number as a passport holder from Singapore and Greece. 

Heat map of the world's most powerful passports from

World Passport Power

South American passport holders were shown to have moderate access, with Argentina and Brazil having the strongest visa-free entry privileges, being able to access 147 and 146 countries respectively.

Afghanistan was cited as having the worst access, being able to enter only 28 countries without a visa, followed by Iraq (31 countries), Pakistan and Somalia (both with visa-free access to 32 countries). They were followed by North Korea, Angola, Iran, Sudan and Syria – also among the hardest countries to get a visa for – with visa-free access ranging from 38 to 41 countries.

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The Telegraph, London with Fairfax