Estonian passport among the most powerful in the world

The passport of the Republic of Estonia ranks among the most powerful in the world, granting visa free access to 165 countries, according to a recent index compiled by consulting firm Henley & Partners.

This score ranks the country’s passport as 13th in the world among 104 nations in the index, created in cooperation with the International Air Transport Association, a trade group that has the world’s largest database of travel information.

The most powerful passport in the world is Germany’s, granting visa free access to 177 countries. It is followed by Singapore (176), Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden, the UK (175), Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland (174), Ireland, South Korea, Portugal and the United States (173).

Latvia and Lithuania ahead of Estonia

The index goes on with Canada (172), Australia, Greece, New Zealand (171), the Czech Republic, Iceland (170), Malta (169), Hungary (168), Lichtenstein, Slovakia, Slovenia (167), Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia (166), and then Estonia with 165.

The world’s least powerful passport in the index is Afghanistan’s – allowing visa free access to only 24 countries.

Germany has held the top spot in the index for five years in a row.

The compiler of the index, Henley & Partners, is a London-based consulting firm specialising in citizenship services. The International Air Transport Association is a trade association of the world’s airlines, consisting of 278 carriers.


Cover: An Estonian woman holding her passport (the image is illustrative/Shutterstock).

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About the author: Sten Hankewitz

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