Not all passports are created equally.
It’s not just the color of the outside or the number of pages inside a passport that distinguish the document in each country. Some passports are just more powerful. Whether citizens are able to flash their passport and breeze past customs or if it’s easy to get a visa upon arrival, every single country’s passport has its own unique set of regulations.
Passport Index, which ranks the world’s passports each year to identify which are the most powerful, released their most recent rankings in October. Several countries tie each other (which is why more than one country will be ranked “6,” for example) in the global access they provide their passport holders. To get into the top 25, a country must rank at least as the seventh most powerful.
Here are the 25 most powerful passports in the world.
7. Czech Republic
5. United States
4. United Kingdom
1. South Korea