The Most Powerful Passports In 2021

Did you know that the three most popular passports in the world come from Asia?



In fact; passports from 16 countries have more visa-free travel than U.S. passports.


According to the Henley Passport Index, Japanese passports open more doors than any other passport in the world!


The index is the annual power ranking of passports calculated by the number of destinations the holder of a passport may enter without a visa.


In 2021, a Japanese passport promises uncomplicated travel to 191 other countries and territories while Singapore once again placed second this year, providing access to 190 countries, followed closely by South Korea and Germany, with access to 189 countries and territories.



This year, Malaysia are tied with Liechtenstein at number 14 with visa-free access to 178 countries.


Keep reading for a look at the countries with the most powerful passports, ranked by ascending number of visa-free travel options.


#5. Austria & Denmark

Those holding the following passports can visit 187 places without a visa this year.


#4. Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, & Spain

Those holding the following passports can visit 187 places without a visa this year.


#3. Germany & South Korea

Those holding the following passports can visit 189 places without a visa this year.


#2. Singapore

Those holding the following passports can visit 190 places without a visa this year.



#1. Japan

Those holding the following passports can visit 191 places without a visa this year.


Of course, travel restrictions and bans vary from country to country amid the coronavirus pandemic, with some countries requiring mandatory quarantines and negative COVID-19 test results upon arrival.


Do note that The information provided here reflects the 2021 Henley Passport Index ranking on 5 January 2021, and in certain instances, coronavirus-related travel bans may take precedence over the visa information recorded here.


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