New Zealand named world’s most powerful passport as global ranking shifts – see the full list

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…



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Full list of global passport rankings

  1. New Zealand
  2. Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Ireland, Japan, South Korea, Australia
  3. Sweden, Belgium, France, Finland, Italy, Spain
  4. Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, Lithuania, Norway, Iceland, UK, Canada
  5. Malta, Slovenia, Latvia
  6. Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Liechtenstein
  7. Slovakia
  8. Cyprus, Croatia, Monaco
  9. Romania, Bulgaria
  10. San Marino, Andorra, Uruguay
  11. Ukraine
  12. Vatican City
  13. United Arab Emirates
  14. Serbia
  15. Georgia
  16. North Macedonia
  17. Albania
  18. Montenegro
  19. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  20. Moldova
  21. Malaysia, the USA
  22. Singapore
  23. Brazil
  24. Barbados, Russian Federation, Turkey
  25. Argentina
  26. Hong Kong, Chile
  27. Bahamas
  28. St Kitts and Nevis, Brunei
  29. The Seychelles, Mexico
  30. Antigua and Barbuda
  31. Israel
  32. St Vincent and the Grenadines, Mauritius, Costa Rica
  33. Trinidad and Tobago
  34. Macao, Qatar
  35. Peru
  36. Saint Lucia, Kuwait, Paraguay
  37. Panama
  38. Dominica, South Africa
  39. Grenada, Solomon Islands
  40. Belize, Jamaica, Fiji, Venezuela
  41. Tawain, Bahrain, Ecuador
  42. Vanuatu, El Salvador, Colombia
  43. Tuvalu, Tonga, the Maldives, Samoa
  44. Nicaragua, Belarus, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan
  45. Botswana, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Guyana, Guatemala, Oman
  46. Honduras
  47. Lesotho, Tunisia, China
  48. Nauru, Bolivia
  49. Eswatini, Malawi, Zambia, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Micronesia, Suriname
  50. Ghana, Namibia, Palau
  51. Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Papua New Guinea
  52. Cuba, Morocco, Thailand
  53. Armenia, Kyrgyzstan
  54. Zimbabwe, Uganda, Cote d’Ivoire
  55. Gambia, Senegal, Cape Verde, Uzbekistan
  56. Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe, Dominican Republic
  57. Burkina Faso, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste
  58. Benin, Gabon, India, Jordan, Algeria
  59. Niger, Guinea-Bissau, Philippines, Mongolia, Bhutan
  60. Guinea, Mauritania, Madagascar, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Egypt
  61. Mali, Togo, Angola, Burundi, Turkmenistan, Cambodia
  62. Liberia
  63. Chad, Central African Republic, Vietnam
  64. Congo, Laos, Comoros
  65. Nigeria, Kosovo, Sri Lanka, Congo, Dijbouti, Haiti
  66. Sudan
  67. Bangladesh, South Sudan
  68. Ethiopia, Lebanon, Libya, Nepal, Eritrea
  69. Myanmar, North Korea
  70. Pakistan
  71. Palestinian Territories, Iran
  72. Yemen
  73. Somalia
  74. Syria
  75. Afghanistan, Iraq

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