• The Top 21 Most Powerful Passports in the World

    You're guessing the United States is top on this list. Not quite. Guess where our Philippine passport ranks?
    by SmartParenting Staff .

  • Photo from travelbook.ph

    Based on research from sources available to the public and from their respective government agencies, the website PassportIndex.org collected data from 199 territories around the world to do a "passport power rank." Those considered most "powerful" were passports that provide visa-free entry to the most number of countries. 

    So let's get this out of the way first. You're wondering how the Philippines ranked, and you're expecting it to be at the bottom rung of the ladder. Well, it is ranked 64--we have visa-free travel to 61 countrie--in the 2016 Passport Index out ranking of of 92 countries, but we're not at the bottom (a place that goes to Afghanistan).

    As for the top position, like us, you probably guessed the United States. We were wrong. Here are the most powerful passports in the world. 

    PASSPORT POWER RANK: 1 
    Visa-Free for 157 Countries 
    Germany
    Sweden

    PASSPORT POWER RANK: 2 
    Visa-Free for 156 Countries 
    Finland
    Italy
    Switzerland
    France
    Spain 
    United Kingdom

    PASSPORT POWER RANK: 3 
    Visa-Free for 155 Countries 

    Denmark
    Netherlands
    Belgium
    South Korea
    Norway
     
    PASSPORT POWER RANK: 4 
    Visa-free for 154 Countries 
    Singapore
    Luxembourg
    Austria
    Portugal
    United States of America 


    PASSPORT POWER RANK: 5 
    Visa-Free for 153 Countries 

    Greece
    Ireland
    Japan 

    PASSPORT POWER RANK: 6 
    Visa-Free for 152 Countries 

    Canada
    New Zealand

    PASSPORT POWER RANK: 7 
    Visa-Free for 151 Countries 

    Czech Republic
    Hungary 

    PASSPORT POWER RANK: 8 
    Visa-Free for 150 Countries 

    Malta
    Iceland
    Australia

    PASSPORT POWER RANK: 9 
    Visa-Free for 149 Countries 

    Slovakia
    Malaysia
    Poland 

    PASSPORT POWER RANK: 10 
    Visa-Free for 148 Countries 

    Slovenia
    Poland 

    PASSPORT POWER RANK: 11 
    Visa-Free for 147 Countries 

    Cyprus
    Latvia

    PASSPORT POWER RANK: 12 
    Visa-Free for 146 Countries 

    Estonia
    Lithuania 

    PASSPORT POWER RANK: 13 
    Visa-Free for 145 Countries 

    Liechtenstein 

    PASSPORT POWER RANK: 14 
    Visa-Free for 143 Countries 

    Bulgaria
    Monaco 

    PASSPORT POWER RANK: 15 
    Visa-Free for 142 Countries 

    Romania

    PASSPORT POWER RANK: 16 
    Visa-Free for 141 Countries 

    Croatia

    PASSPORT POWER RANK: 17 
    Visa-Free for 140 Countries 

    Argentina
    Brazil 

    PASSPORT POWER RANK: 18 
    Visa-Free for 138 Countries 

    Hong Kong
    Israel
    Chile
    San Marino

    PASSPORT POWER RANK: 19 
    Visa-Free for 137 Countries 

    Andorra

    PASSPORT POWER RANK: 20 
    Visa-Free for 135 Countries 

    Brunei

    PASSPORT POWER RANK: 21 
    Visa-Free for 130 Countries 

    Barbados 

    This story originally appeared on Travelbook.ph.


    *Edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.    

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