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These Are the World's Most — and Least — Powerful Passports

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It's a fact of life that if you want to travel internationally, you'll need a passport. But not all passports are equal: Citizens of some nations, such as the United States, can visit far more countries without first seeking clearance by applying for a travel visa than people from nations such as Haiti or Iran. For each of the past 16 years, consulting firm Henley & Partners has compiled a quarterly Global Passport Ranking, using International Air Transport Authority data and independent research. Here are the nations where passport holders have the readiest access to the world — and the ones that have the least. 

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What About the U.S.?

Citizens of the United States enjoy a fairly robust passport, too, able to visit 185 countries visa-free. That puts the U.S. in seventh place, tied with the Czech Republic, Greece, Malta, Norway, and the United Kingdom. 

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The Least Powerful Passports

In contrast, some world citizens can visit comparatively few places without jumping through extra hoops. The following countries are ranked lowest on Henley's list, making their citizens' passports the least powerful in the world.

107. Iran (41 countries accessible without a pre-departure visa)

107. Lebanon (41 countries)

107. Sri Lanka (41 countries)

107. Sudan (41 countries)

108. Bangladesh (40 countries)

108. Kosovo (40 countries)

108. Libya (40 countries)

109. North Korea (39 countries)

110. Nepal (37 countries)

110. Palestinian Territory (37 countries)

111. Somalia (34 countries)

112. Yemen (33 countries)

113. Pakistan (31 countries)

114. Syria (29 countries)

115. Iraq (28 countries)

116. Afghanistan (26 countries)