Most Powerful Passports in the World

Every year, Henley and Partners come up with a Passport Index which ranks all the passports of the world based on the number of countries their holders can travel to without needing a visa. They also use data collected from the International Air Transport Association before releasing the list. India’s passport is ranked at the 76th position along with that of Uzbekistan with visa free access to 59 countries.

The list of countries which feature in the top 10 with regards to having a powerful passport is as follows:

Rank Countries Countries they can visit without Visa
First Germany 134
Second Sweden, Finland, Spain 133
Third Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, New Zealand 132
Fourth Netherlands, France, Portugal, Austria, Luxembourg, Italy, Greece, Ireland, United Kingdom 131
Fifth Belgium, Poland, Lithuania, Hungary, Japan, South Korea 130
Sixth Slovenia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Iceland 129
Seventh Malta, Slovakia, Australia 128
Eighth Cyprus, Liechtenstein 127
Ninth Croatia, Romania 126
Tenth Bulgaria 125

World’s most expensive passports

The world’s most expensive passport is issued by Australia and costs the applicant 282 dollars while the cheapest passport is the Tunisian one which costs a mere 25 dollars. The Australian passport helps the holder to travel to 171 countries without a visa. It needs to be mentioned that the cost of the Australian passport has increased by 41% in the last decade. The next most expensive passports in the world are issued by Canada and New Zealand. The top five expensive passports in the world along with the fees is listed below in a table.

Name of the countries Application Cost
Australia US$282
Turkey US$255.66
Switzerland US$182
New Zealand US$168
Canada US$161

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