London-based global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley and Partners has released this year’s Henley Passport Index, which ranks the world’s passports based on the number of destinations they grant their holders access to without the need for visas.
Chairman of Henley & Partners, Dr Christian H Kaelin, says that this latest study enhances our understanding of what passport power means in financial terms.
Dr Kaelin said: “The Henley Passport Index measures visa-free access to 227 destinations across the world, which of course makes it an extremely useful tool for travelers.
“However, for global citizens and international businesspeople, a better measure of economic mobility and opportunity afforded by their passports is an indication of what share of the world’s GDP is accessible to them visa-free.
“Our latest research into how much global economic access each passport provides is a useful tool for investors, in addition to giving new insight into the ever-widening economic inequality and wealth disparity that has come to define our world.”
Best 25 passports
The top 25 passports to have and the number of countries they can visit without a visa:
South Korea (192)
United Kingdom (187)
Czech Republic (186)
New Zealand (186)
United States (186)
Worst 25 passports
The 25 worst passports and the number of countries they can visit without a visa:
North Korea (40)
Sri Lanka (42)
Democratic Republic of the Congo (42)
South Sudan (44)