REVEALED: The world’s most powerful passports — how did yours rank?

Jan 10, 2022

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A passport is far more than a symbol of identity. It’s a skeleton key of geographic proportions, opening doors, expanding horizons and shaping futures with the wave of a hand. But which, you may ask, is the world’s most powerful?

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According to Global Citizen Solution’s Global Passport Index, that honour goes to the United States of America, finding that its shiny blue passport ticked all the boxes across three separate indexes: enhanced mobility (50% of the overall score), investment opportunity (25%) and quality of life (25%).

As it happens, the U.S. only ranked 23rd for quality of life (which considered safety, presence of travel hubs, freedom, environmental performance and happiness), but ranked high enough in the other remaining indexes (10th for enhanced mobility and fourth as an investment opportunity) to make it the overall MVP.

Despite Brexit and its permeations on the rights of U.K. citizens to live and work on the continent, meanwhile, the British passport managed to place seventh overall, also suggesting that perhaps that damp weather wasn’t a factor in the indices.

Here’s the top 10 in full:

  1. United States of America
  2. Germany
  3. Canada
  4. The Netherlands
  5. Denmark
  6. Sweden
  7. United Kingdom
  8. Finland
  9. Norway
  10. New Zealand

Following closely behind were Switzerland (11th), France (12th), Luxembourg (13th), Ireland (14th), Singapore (15th), Spain (16th), Monaco (17th), Australia (18th), Austria (19th) and Czech Republic (20th).

Many of said countries had decidedly mixed results in the individual indexes; not least Singapore, which topped the global ranking for an investment opportunity but fell well short on quality of life (130th) due to its high cost of living.

The team behind the project claim that what sets their table apart from other passport power rankings is that it goes beyond the markers of ‘visa free travel’, instead focusing on more tangible aspects of travel and living abroad. This even includes technological factors including the logistical procedure of obtaining an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) , on arrival visas or Electronic Visas because they affect a person’s decision to live abroad.

You can check out the entire Global Citizen Solution’s Global Passport Index by clicking here. If your country hasn’t made the top tier then at least you now know where to invest in a second passport…

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