UK and Ireland Named Among Top Five Most Powerful Passports

The UK and the Irish passport came in the top five in a survey of the most powerful passports in the world for 2018

Japan and Singapore came joint first in The Henley Passport Index followed in second place by Germany. Third place was shared by seven countries – Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway and South Korea.

Sharing fourth place with the United Kingdom, were the passports from Austria, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, and the USA crept in to the top five.

Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland, and Canada completed the top five of the most powerful passports worldwide. At the other end of the scale, Iraq and Afghanistan took bottom place at 102.

Explaining how they compiled the data, the company said: “The Henley Passport Index is a ranking of all the passports of the world according to the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free.

“The ranking is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which maintains the world’s largest and most comprehensive database of travel information, and is enhanced by extensive in-house research.”