Greek Passport remains the Eighth Most Powerful Globally

Greek passport

The Greek passport remains among the strongest in the world ranking eighth on the Henley Passport Index and offering its holders visa-free access to 185 countries.

The Cyprus passport has been ranked 12th in the world in terms of the number of destinations its holders can access without a prior visa, dropping one spot on the table compared to last year, according to the latest Henley Passport Index for Q4 2023.

Holders of a Cyprus passport can travel visa-free to 179 destinations.

Citizens of Singapore are officially holding the world's most powerful passport, according to recent data.

Henley and Partners have released this quarter's The Henley Passport Index, ranking the world's passports on how many destinations a person can travel to without a visa.

The index counts the number of countries a passport provides visa-free travel to, based on International Air Transport Association data, and uses it to determine the world's most powerful.

The new quarterly report comes from London-based global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley and Partners.

The United States has continued its decade-long slide down the index, dropping a further two places to eighth spot with access to 184 destinations visa-free.

The UK and the US jointly held first place on the index nearly 10 years ago in 2014 but have been on a downward trajectory ever since.

Afghanistan remains at the bottom of the index, with a visa-free access score of just 27, followed by Iraq at 29, and Syria at 30 - the three weakest passports in the world.

10. Iceland (Tied)

Coming in at number 10 is Iceland, one of two nations that can access 182 other countries without the need for a visa.

10. Estonia (Tied)

The other equal-10th nation is a fellow European country: Estonia.

9. Slovenia (Tied)

Slovenia is one of three countries sharing ninth place on the Henley Passport Index's latest edition.

9. Slovakia (Tied)

Slovakia is the second of the ninth-placed countries, which have 183 visa-free destinations.

9. Latvia (Tied)

And the third of that trio is yet another European country: Latvia.

8. USA (Tied)

At equal eighth is the USA, one of the losers from recent editions of the passport rankings – it used to be in top spot, and has slid a further two positions this year.

"The story is a simple one — by more or less standing still, the US has fallen behind," Greg Lindsay, leading global strategist and urban tech fellow at Cornell Tech's Jacobs Institute, said.

"While its absolute score has in fact risen over the last decade, the US has been steadily overtaken by rivals such as South Korea, Japan, and Singapore.

8. Lithuania (Tied)

Joining the United States in eighth place with visa-free travel to 184 destinations is Lithuania.

7. Greece (Tied)

Greece is next on the list. Its passport gives citizens access to 185 nations without the need for a visa.

7. Canada (Tied)

It's the same case for Canada, which sits in at equal seventh.

6. Poland (Tied)

Coming in at equal-sixth place is Poland, which shares the position with two other nations.

6. Hungary (Tied)

One of those is nearby Hungary, which also has a score of 186.

6. Australia (Tied)

And the third sixth-placed nation is on the other side of the world: Australia.

It's actually a marked improvement for our passport, which has jumped up from eighth place and gained one extra visa-free destination over the past year.

5. Switzerland (Tied)

Next comes a whopping seven countries tied in fifth place.

Switzerland is one of these (mainly European) nations with 187 visa-free destinations.

5. Portugal (Tied)

5. Norway (Tied)

5. New Zealand (Tied)

5. Malta (Tied)

5. Czech Republic (Tied)

5. Belgium (Tied)

4. United Kingdom (Tied)

The United Kingdom has bounced back after six years on the decline, jumping into fourth spot with 188 visa-free destinations.

4. Netherlands (Tied)

4. Ireland (Tied)

4. Denmark (Tied)

3. Sweden (Tied)

Countries in third place have plenty of company – starting with Sweden, there are seven nations whose passports allow visa-free travel to 189 destinations.

3. South Korea (Tied)

3. Luxembourg (Tied)

Luxembourg may be tiny but its passport is mighty.

3. Japan (Tied)

Despite being knocked off top spot, Japanese citizens won't be complaining about their passports any time soon. They can still travel visa-free to 190 different destinations.

Japan's passport spent four out of the past five years as the most powerful in the world.

3. France (Tied)

France is one of many European nations to rank highly, partly due to freedom of movement across the European Union.

3. Finland (Tied)

3. Austria (Tied)

2. Spain (Tied)

Spain weighs in one place higher in a tie for second with access to 190 countries.

2. Italy (Tied)

Italy, though a tourist mecca, also has a passport that allows a huge amount of visa-free travel.

2. Germany (Tied)

Germans too are able to travel far and wide without visas.

1. Singapore

But the passport king for 2023 is Singapore, dethroning Japan.

The country's citizens can now visit 192 out of 227 destinations around the world without the need for a visa.

The win comes on the back of deals to freely allow the South-East Asian nation's passport into another 25 destinations since 2013.

It sits alongside South Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Barbados in the top five countries with the smallest gap between access (190 destinations) and openness (163).

"It is notable that Singapore and South Korea — high climbers on the Henley Passport Index over last decade, moving up from 6th and 7th respectively in 2013 to 1st and 3rd today — boast relatively high degrees of openness, while the US and Canada have slid down the Top 10 rankings as their openness stagnates," leading global strategist and urban tech fellow at Cornell Tech's Jacobs Institute Greg Lindsay says.

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