A New Zealand passport is the most powerful in the world, according to a new global passport ranking.
The Passport Index ranks passports based on where citizens who hold them can travel. This includes looking at where they can travel visa-free, or where tourist visas apply.
The rankings covers 193 UN countries as well as six other territories.
Of course during the coronavirus pandemic, there have been new travel restrictions put in place – however the rankings do not take these new restrictions into consideration, as due to the nature of the pandemic they are both temporary and subject to change.
It’s also worth noting that the ranking doesn’t take into consideration when a government advises its citizens against travel.
New Zealand currently boasts the world’s most powerful passport, as its residents can travel to 129 countries.
Unfortunately for New Zealanders, at the moment their government advises against international travel so they won’t be able to make use of this power just quite yet.
Meanwhile, the UK took the fourth spot on the list with 126 countries available for travelling.
However, Brits are currently subject to the Foreign Office’s travel advice, which includes all but essential travel to a host of destinations. (You can check the rules for specific countries on the FCDO website here).
It’s also worth noting that in some cases, the UK is deemed a ‘high risk’ country due to its numbers of coronavirus cases. For example, South Africa recently re-opened its borders to tourists but did not include Brits.
The UK wasn’t the only country to take fourth spot – it was in joint place with the Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, Lithuania, Norway, Iceland and Canada.
You can check out the full list of global passport rankings below…
Full list of global passport rankings
- New Zealand
- Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Ireland, Japan, South Korea, Australia
- Sweden, Belgium, France, Finland, Italy, Spain
- Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, Lithuania, Norway, Iceland, UK, Canada
- Malta, Slovenia, Latvia
- Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Liechtenstein
- Cyprus, Croatia, Monaco
- Romania, Bulgaria
- San Marino, Andorra, Uruguay
- Vatican City
- United Arab Emirates
- North Macedonia
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Malaysia, the USA
- Barbados, Russian Federation, Turkey
- Hong Kong, Chile
- St Kitts and Nevis, Brunei
- The Seychelles, Mexico
- Antigua and Barbuda
- St Vincent and the Grenadines, Mauritius, Costa Rica
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Macao, Qatar
- Saint Lucia, Kuwait, Paraguay
- Dominica, South Africa
- Grenada, Solomon Islands
- Belize, Jamaica, Fiji, Venezuela
- Tawain, Bahrain, Ecuador
- Vanuatu, El Salvador, Colombia
- Tuvalu, Tonga, the Maldives, Samoa
- Nicaragua, Belarus, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan
- Botswana, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Guyana, Guatemala, Oman
- Lesotho, Tunisia, China
- Nauru, Bolivia
- Eswatini, Malawi, Zambia, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Micronesia, Suriname
- Ghana, Namibia, Palau
- Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Papua New Guinea
- Cuba, Morocco, Thailand
- Armenia, Kyrgyzstan
- Zimbabwe, Uganda, Cote d’Ivoire
- Gambia, Senegal, Cape Verde, Uzbekistan
- Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe, Dominican Republic
- Burkina Faso, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste
- Benin, Gabon, India, Jordan, Algeria
- Niger, Guinea-Bissau, Philippines, Mongolia, Bhutan
- Guinea, Mauritania, Madagascar, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Egypt
- Mali, Togo, Angola, Burundi, Turkmenistan, Cambodia
- Chad, Central African Republic, Vietnam
- Congo, Laos, Comoros
- Nigeria, Kosovo, Sri Lanka, Congo, Dijbouti, Haiti
- Bangladesh, South Sudan
- Ethiopia, Lebanon, Libya, Nepal, Eritrea
- Myanmar, North Korea
- Palestinian Territories, Iran
- Afghanistan, Iraq