World’s most powerful passports for 2021 released and the UK has moved up a place

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A UK passport just got more powerful as global rankings have shifted for 2021.

The Henley Passport Index looks at how many countries you can visit visa-free based on the passport you hold.

A British passport came in at seventh place with visa-free access to 185 countries, in joint place with Switzerland, the USA, Norway, Belgium and New Zealand.

It's a move up considering that last year the UK came in at eighth place with 184 countries (last year Turkey revealed that Brits would no longer need to obtain a visa for up to 90 days).

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Of course the Covid-19 pandemic continues to mean there are global travel restrictions, and current national lockdowns in England, Scotland and Wales all include a ban on international travel (there are some legally permitted exceptions but a holiday doesn't fall under this).

Still, that hasn't stopped us from dreaming of where we can visit in the future – and we've put together a bucket list of destinations for a fix of wanderlust.

As for the top spot? Japan currently has the most powerful passport in the world, for the third consecutive year.

Japan currently holds the world's most powerful passport
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Those who hold a Japanese passport can currently visit 191 countries visa-free.

However, during the Covid-19 pandemic having the most powerful passport isn't particularly helpful, thanks to Covid-specific global travel restrictions. The Henley Passport Index doesn't take this restrictions into consideration when creating the list – it only looks at the places you can officially visit with your document.

Of course when global restrictions do lift, those with a Japanese passport will have a plethora of destinations to choose from for their post-pandemic adventures.

You can check out the list of the world's top 10 powerful passports as it currently stands below…

Top 10 most powerful passports

  • Japan – 191 countries
  • Singapore – 190 countries
  • South Korea, Germany – 189 countries
  • Italy, Finland, Spain, Luxembourg – 188 countries
  • Denmark, Austria – 187 countries
  • Sweden, France, Portugal, Netherlands, Ireland – 186 countries
  • Switzerland, USA, UK, Norway, Belgium, New Zealand – 185 countries
  • Greece, Malta, Czech Republic, Australia – 184 countries
  • Canada – 183 countries
  • Hungary -182 countries
  • You can see the full global rankings on henleypassportindex.com.

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