The Henley Passport Index, published on Tuesday 18 July 2023, evaluates passport power worldwide, and has placed Luxembourg on par with Austria, Finland, France, South Korea and Sweden, all sharing the third-place position with visa-free travel to 189 destinations.
Conducted through an analysis of 199 passports against all 227 potential travel destinations using information from the IATA database used by commercial airlines, the Henley index adds a point to a passport for each country that doesn’t require a visa. The resulting score determines the passport’s overall ranking on the index.
At the top of the list, Singapore claims the title of the world’s most powerful passport, granting its citizens visa-free entry to an impressive 192 out of 227 destinations.
Germany, Italy and Spain enjoy the joint-second place, with access to 190 countries without the need for a prior visa.
Noteworthy are several countries that offer unrestricted access to all 198 passports in the world, excluding their own. These countries--including Burundi, Comoro Islands, Djibouti, Guinea-Bissau, Maldives, Micronesia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Samoa, Seychelles, Timor-Leste and Tuvalu--primarily consist of island nations and African states.
The index is produced by Henley & Partners, a consultancy that helps wealthy investors secure residency abroad or a second passport, and helps governments attract foreign direct investment.