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

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Passport to the World

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. Consulting firm Henley & Partners compiles 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 — the power to easily visit more than 190 countries — and the ones that can visit a mere fraction of that number.


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South Korean Passports
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Finnish passport
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Italian Passport
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Austrian Passport
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France

Rank: 4 (tie)

Countries accessible without a pre-departure visa: 188

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Netherlands

Rank: 4 (tie)

Countries accessible without a pre-departure visa: 188

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Sweden

Rank: 4 (tie)

Countries accessible without a pre-departure visa: 188

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What About the U.S.?

Citizens of the United States enjoy a fairly robust passport, too, able to visit 186 countries visa-free. That puts the U.S. in sixth place, tied with Belgium, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.


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The Least Powerful Passports

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.


100. Eritrea (43 countries accessible without a pre-departure visa)

101. Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran (42 countries)

102. Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Sudan (41 countries)

103. Bangladesh, Kosovo, Libya (40 countries)

104. North Korea (39 countries)

105. Nepal, Palestinian Territory (37 countries)

106. Somalia (34 countries)

107. Yemen (33 countries)

108. Pakistan (31 countries)

109. Syria (29 countries)

110. Iraq (28 countries)

111. Afghanistan (26 countries)