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The big passport ranking

It's a bit strange, this passport ranking presented to us by the Henley & Partners Passport Index. But the information we get from the so-called "Passport Index“Being able to move are more than interesting, because they show us how valuable citizenship, a good social system and freedom of travel can be. Or did you know that, unlike some other nationalities, we can move almost freely in most parts of the world? Find out now which passports are “most valuable” and which nationalities have to overcome the most hurdles when traveling. You can also read what the different colors of the passports mean, which countries Germans need to apply for a visa for and which nationalities need a visa to enter Germany.

Passport Ranking - The Most Powerful Passports in the World

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The winners | The losers | Background | Germans need a visa here

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Who needs a visa for Germany?

What do the colors of the passport mean?

These are the most powerful passports in the world

Germany and Singapore have always been head to head when it comes to the most powerful passport in the world in recent years latest passport ranking a completely different nation through: Japan. Passport holders can travel to 191 countries around the world without having to apply for a visa beforehand.

But again, Germany is also one of the top places in the passport ranking. Holders of a German passport can enter 189 out of 199 countries without having to apply for a visa beforehand. We owe this to our good political relations abroad and not least our high standard of living. So we can move largely freely through the world and pursue our travel bug to our hearts' content. But many of our European neighbors also follow us closely, because thanks to the Schengen Area Agreement, which made it possible to abolish stationary border controls, almost every European can travel freely across the continent. Here you will find the top 20 of the passport ranking, the 20 "best" passports in the world:

The 20 most valuable passports in the world


1st place: Japan

2nd place: Singapore

3rd place: South Korea

3rd place: Germany

4th place: Italy

4th place: Finland

4th place: Spain

4th place: Luxembourg

5th place:Denmark

5th place: Austria

6th place: Sweden

Rank 6: France

Rank 6:Portugal

Rank 6: Netherlands

Rank 6: Ireland

7th place:Switzerland

7th place: United States

7th place: Great Britain

7th place: Norway

7th place:Belgium

When it comes to the number of countries that can be entered without a visa, the passport ranking also distinguishes between countries in which one does not have to apply for a visa at all and countries in which one has to enter when entering the country Visa on arrival receives, differentiated. German citizens can enter various countries without a visa, in many countries a Visa on Arrival is issued and for entry into many other countries a visa can be applied for online in advance. Overall, this results in a Visa Free Score of 189.

Another factor that is important to passport ranking is that Human Development Indexthat measures how high the standard of living is in each country. Factors such as life expectancy and education help determine the HDI. The higher the so-called UNDP HDI, the further a country slides up in the ranking. Although we have the same Visa Free Score as Singapore in second place this year, the ultimate difference in ranking is ultimately due to the country's higher HDI.

The passports with the least travel freedom

In every ranking there are unfortunately not only the winners but also losers: the countries and nationalities that are least able to move around freely with their passports. Many of these countries are mostly characterized by war, oppression, political persecution and dictatorship, so that the placement can also be explained with the poor quality of life and the lack of democracy, which of course also affects a country's foreign policy. By the way: one of the most isolated countries in the world, North Korea, has a Global Mobility Score of 46. As a result, North Korean citizens can travel to 46 countries without first applying for a visa. This means that they theoretically have more freedom of travel than the following nationalities. Here you can find the 10 losers in the current passport ranking:

Top 10 passports with the least travel freedom


  • 190th place: Ethiopia(44 countries that can be visited without a visa)
  • Place 191: Bangladesh (43 countries that can be visited without a visa)
  • 192nd place: Iran (42 countries that can be visited without a visa)
  • 19th place: Sudan(42 countries that can be visited without a visa)
  • 194th place: Yemen(39 countries that can be visited without a visa)
  • Rank 195: Somalia(38 countries that can be visited without a visa)
  • 196th place: Syria(36 countries that can be visited without a visa)
  • 197th place: Pakistan(35 countries that can be visited without a visa)
  • 198th place: Iraq(32 countries that can be visited without a visa)
  • 199th place: Afghanistan (29 countries that can be visited without a visa)

Source: Passport Index

What's behind the passport ranking?

The passport ranking is not supposed to show grievances (although it does), rather it should be enough to show families and business people with which citizenship they have the most opportunities worldwide. For example, there is also the option of combining your own citizenship with other passports on a test basis in order to achieve the highest possible global coverage. The whole thing is a bit bizarre, or what do you think?

Unfortunately, privileges such as freedom, peace and democracy are anything but natural in the world

But it shows how much a passport, or the citizenship that goes with it, influences our quality of life. In any case, I think that we Europeans should consider ourselves really lucky that we can enjoy so many freedoms, peace and democracy. As you can see from this index, these privileges are anything but self-evident. I think we should see this as an appeal to make extensive use of our freedom to travel!

For which countries do Germans have to apply for a visa?

According to the passport ranking, German citizens can enter 166 countries without having to apply for a visa beforehand. But for which countries do Germans have to apply for a visa? I've listed it for you guys. How and where to apply for the visa varies from country to country. For entry into some of the countries an electronic visa is sufficient, which can be applied for on the Internet before traveling, other governments require an audition at the embassy. Applying for an e-Visa, which you can strive for for your Egypt vacation, for example, is the easiest option. You can also find out more about this in my travel magazine.

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Germans need a visa in these countries


  • Afghanistan
  • Egypt
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Burundi
  • China
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Djibouti (eVisa)
  • Eritrea
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Iraq
  • India (eVisa)
  • Yemen
  • Cameroon
  • Kenya (eVisa)
  • Congo
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Myanmar (eVisa)
  • Nauru
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • Oman (eVisa)
  • Pakistan
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Chad
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan (eVisa)
  • Central African Republic

Which nationalities need a visa for Germany?

Now that we know which countries we need a visa for as German citizens, it is of course still interesting who has to apply for a visa in order to be allowed to enter Germany. Below I have you all 105 nationalities who have to apply for a visa to enter Germany.

These nationalities need a visa to enter Germany


Source: Passport Index

What does the color of the passport mean?

Have you ever wondered why the German passport is burgundy? In fact, this color was not chosen by chance, but, as in other countries, has a small meaning. In general, the following applies: The country can choose the color of its passport itself and changing the color is - as the USA shows - not a big problem.

  • Red passports:Passports issued by European countries are usually colored red. Among other things, this is intended to show that they belong to the European Union. Only the Croatian passport is a bit out of line with its dark blue. But not only European passports wear the noble red, the passports of Russia, China and some countries in South America are also red. Political and religious backgrounds can also play a role.
  • Green passports: The passports, which come in green colors, mostly belong to travelers from the African or Arab region. Green is the holy color of Muslims, so it is only logical that official travel documents should also have this color.
  • Blue passports: Canada, the USA, Brazil, Australia, many Caribbean countries and some African countries have blue passports. This can be explained simply and simply with the national colors of the country, for example.

It's amazing how a little colored ID determines the way we travel, isn't it? A passport comes with freedoms and restrictions, no matter what color it is or which nation it was issued by. But I think we are really lucky to enjoy such a great freedom of travel! You want yours Enjoy the freedom to travel? You are sure to find the right trip in my current deals and in my practical booking process!

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