German citizens still possess the world’s most powerful passport, according to new research, but there’s good news for the UK, which has climbed the table from joint eighth to joint third place.

German citizens can travel to 177 out of a possible 218, up from 176 last year, while Britons can visit 175, up from 173.

The UK topped the 2015 rankings, alongside Germany, but ceded that spot after several countries relaxed travel restrictions to the latter. It was leapfrogged by Sweden in 2016, and then Denmark, Finland, Italy, Spain and the US in 2017, but now sits in third alongside Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, Japan and Norway.

 

At a glance | The world’s most powerful passports

 

Ranking Nation Score
1 Germany 177
2 Singapore 176
3 Denmark 175
Finland 175
France 175
Italy 175
Japan 175
Norway 175
Sweden 175
UK 175
11 Austria 174
Belgium 174
Luxembourg 174
Netherlands 174
Spain 174
Switzerland 174
17 Ireland 173
Portugal 173
South Korea 173
United States 173
21 Canada 172
22 Australia 171
Greece 171
New Zealand 171
25 Czech Republic 170
Iceland 170
27 Malta 169
28 Hungary 168
29 Liechtenstein 167
Slovakia 167
Slovenia 167
32 Latvia 166
Lithuania 166
Malaysia 166

The past year has seen Belarus offer British citizens visa-free entry, Kazakhstan and Vietnam renew their visa-free arrangements with the UK, and Ethiopia offer a new e-visa option, helping boost the UK’s overall position.

Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria prop up the table. Its passport holders can only enter 24, 27 and 28 countries, respectively, without a visa.

 

At a glance | The world’s least powerful passports

 

 

Territory Countries that can be visited visa-free
Afghanistan 24
Iraq 27
Syria 28
Pakistan 30
Somalia 32
Yemen 35
Nepal 36
Libya 36
Palestinian Territories 37
Eritrea 37
Lebanon 38
Kosovo 38
Iran 38
Bangladesh 38
Ethiopia 39
North Korea 39
South Sudan 39
Sudan 40
Sri Lanka 41
Myanmar 42
Democratic Republic of Congo 43
Jordan 45
Burundi 45
Djibouti 45

 

Overall, 143 countries saw the power of their passport improve, while seven countries saw visa-free access reduced.

Among the biggest climbers were Georgia (99 visa-free countries, up from 84), Ukraine (114, up from 100), China (60, up from 50), Sierra Leone (62, up from 54), and Indonesia (63, up from 56).

 

By : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/powerful-passports-2018/