The Passport Index is the world’s most popular online interactive tool, which collects, displays and ranks the passports of the world.
Empowered by Arton Capital, it is the only real-time global ranking of the world’s passports, updated as frequently as new visa waivers and changes are implemented.
Visitors can dive in the fascinating world of passports, explore their designs, sort them by country, region and even by color. For the first time ever, visitors can compare passports side by side and even explore how they can improve their Global Mobility Score by adding additional passports.
The Passport Index also features PASSE/PORT, the comprehensive blog curating passport-related news, and views on global mobility, security, technology, branding, and visa policies from around the world.
Showcase, educate and inform the public on the power passports transcend on the holder’s identity, opportunity, mobility and overall quality of life. United by our diversity, the passport is one of the most important documents we possess.Engage
Encourage discussions on visa policies, citizenship, country branding, global mobility, public security, philanthropy and foreign policy.Inspire
In today’s world, becoming a Global Citizen is more important than ever. Having a second citizenship is a liberating and empowering privilege which comes with a responsibility to the world.
The Passport Index methodology is based on the following:
- Passports of 193 United Nations member countries and 6 territories (ROC Taiwan, Macao (SAR China), Hong Kong (SAR China), Kosovo, Palestinian Territory and the Vatican) for a total of 199 are considered.
- Territories annexed to other countries such as Norfolk Island (Australia), French Polynesia (France), British Virgin Islands (Britain), etc. who do not issue their own passports are excluded and not considered as destinations.
- Countries which issue passports, regardless if they enforce independent visa policies or not are considered as destinations.
- Data is based on proprietary research from publicly available sources and on official information provided by government agencies.
- Significant number of passport images are provided by proud citizens of their countries. While some chose to remain anonymous, most have been credited for their contribution.
- To determine the individual rank of each passport, a three-tier method is applied:
- Visa-Free Score (VFS) – includes visa-free (VF) and visa on arrival (VOA)
- VF portion of their score vs VOA
- United Nations Development Programme Human Development Index 2015 (UNDP HDI) is used as a tie breaker. The UNDP HDI is a significant measure on the country’s perception abroad.
How to use the Passport Index
Explore the interactive mosaic, find your country's passport, or simply discover others.By Region
Display passports for specific continents, regions, or other geopolitical filters.By Location
The world map represented by the color of the country’s passport cover.By Color
Sort passports by the color of their cover.
Compare the world’s passports next to each other, learn about their visa policies and discover your Global Mobility Score.By Destination
Compare how welcoming different countries are.
RANK:Global Passport Power Rank
Passports of the world are sorted by their total Visa-Free Score, which includes visa-free and visa on arrival privileges. The higher the VFS score, the better global mobility its passport bearer enjoys.Individual Passport Power Rank
No two passports are alike, hence why share a rank? The 2016 edition of the Passport Index introduced a unique ranking system, where each passport occupies an individual rank, based on their individual country and visa characteristics.Filtered Rank
It has never been easier to rank passports based on their individual characteristics within a context of your interest. You can now filter by continent, region, industry and many more.Global Country Welcoming Rank
Some passports command respect and visa-free access to many parts of the world. But how welcoming are they? Passport Index’ Country Welcoming Rank showcases the most and least welcoming countries in the world, ranked solely on the the number of countries they accept visa-free or with visa on arrival.Global Country Welcoming Rank
Some passports command respect and visa-free access to many parts of the world. But how welcoming are they? Passport Index’ Country Welcoming Rank showcases the most and least welcoming countries in the world, ranked solely on the the number of countries they accept visa-free or with visa on arrival.
IMPROVE:Boost your Global Mobility Score
Discover which additional passport(s) can improve your Global Mobility Score. The higher the global mobility score, the more countries you can visit visa-free, or with visa on arrival.
Global Passport Power Rank Examples
- UAE ranks as the most powerful passport in the world with a Visa-Free Score of 168.
- Afghanistan is ranked last with a Visa-Free Score of 30.
- Barbados ranks as the most powerful Caribbean passport (ranked 16st), followed by Bahamas (19th) and St. Vincent and the Grenadines (21th)
Individual Passport Power Rank Examples
- Germany had a Visa-Free Score of 166.
- Both Singapore and Italy have a Visa-Free Score of 165, and identical visa-free portions of 125. However, Italy is ranked higher in the UN’s Human Development Index than Italy, therefore it is placed 7th in the Individual Passport Power Rank, while Sinfapore is in 8th place.
Welcoming Countries Rank Examples
- The African continent has some of the most welcoming countries.
- Dominica is the most welcoming Caribbean country and ranked in 2nd place in the world.
- Austria is the most welcoming country in the European Union (ranked 50th in the world).
- UK ranks in 53rd place of the most welcoming countries in the world.
- While Singapore has the most powerful passport in the world as of April 2018, it only allows 162 countries to enter without a visa (or with visa on arrival), placing it 19th on the Welcoming Countries Rank.
World Openness Score Examples
- Global mobility is getting easier overall. The 2018 World Openness Score was 20,216. See the current score here.
- Brazil’s current Visa-Free Score is 157, up from 146 in 2017.
TerminologyVisa-Free Score (VFS)
Passports accumulate points for each country that their holders can visit without a visa, or they can obtain a visa on arrival.Visa-Free (VF)
Permission from a foreign authority to enter a country is not required.Visa on arrival (VOA)
Permission from a foreign authority to enter a country is required but can be obtained on arrival.Visa required (VR)
Permission from a foreign authority to enter a country is required prior to travel.Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
Requirement for foreign nationals travelling to a country where permission to enter is not required. It is a relatively new approach, widely used by the USA and Canada.Passport Power Rank (PPR)
Passports are ranked based on their Visa-Free Score. The higher the Visa-Free Score, the better the Passport Power Rank.Welcoming Countries Score (WCS)
Countries are ranked by the number of passports they accept visa-free or with visa on arrival.Global Mobility Score (GMS)
A measure for people’s current or potential number of countries they can visit visa-free with up to 4 passports.World Openness Score (WOS)
A measure of the global ease of travel by taking into account all visa waivers in the world. The higher the number, the more open the world is becoming.
UNDP Human Development Index (UNDP HDI)
The United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Index is a summary measure of average achievement in key dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, being knowledgeable and have a decent standard of living. These measures are an important indication to a country’s perception abroad.Legend (UNDP HDI value)
|0.86 - 0.95|
|0.76 - 0.85|
|0.66 - 0.75|
|0.56 - 0.65|
|0.46 - 0.55|
|0.36 - 0.45|
|0.26 - 0.35|
|0.16 - 0.25|
|0.06 - 0.15|
Help us improve this tool and have a chance to represent your country by sending us a high quality passport cover photo to [email protected]. Your name will be fully credited, unless you wish to remain anonymous. Your privacy is guaranteed.
Our aim is to build the most comprehensive photo library of passport covers in the world. Can you help us? We will be happy to integrate any passport cover photo, which is of better quality than the current version displayed. Photos or scans should be of high resolution, well lit and as close as possible to the original. By sending us the photo, you give us full rights for usage as we see fit.
Passport Index is a free tool, built with publicly available information and with content contributed by fans and government agencies around the world. Analytics is based on proprietary research. Certain assumptions have been taken where data was missing or not reliable.
This tool should not be used for travelling purposes. For specific visa policies, please contact a consulate or embassy near you.
Passport designs are copyright of each respective government.