Which is the strongest passport in the world in 2021? See the updated list here

Hayley Kadrou
Apr 14, 2021

The Henley Passport Index has released its findings for the second quarter of 2021, and here’s where the UAE sits on the list.

Passport privilege is a thing. Individuals who possess a ‘strong’ passport can move between countries with relative ease – meaning fewer visa applications and fees.

Year on year, The Henley Passport Index sets out to find out the current strongest – and weakest – passports to hold. Since 2006, they have assessed both the travel documents needed to enter a destination and the number of countries they can access without a visa to put together the list.

For 2021, experts at The Henley Passport Index have excluded Covid-19 related documentation and pulled the data together as they usually would. And this is what they found:

World’s strongest passport, 2021, Q2

passport stamps and visas world map
Travelling without the need of visas contributes to countries ranking high on the list. Credit | Pexels
  1. Japan (193)
  2. Singapore (192)
  3. South Korea, Germany (191)
  4. Italy, Finland, Spain, Luxembourg (190)
  5. Denmark, Austria (189)
  6. Sweden, France, Portugal, Netherlands, Ireland (188)
  7. Switzerland, the US, the UK, Belgium, New Zealand (187)
  8. Norway, Greece, Malta, Czech Republic (186)
  9. Canada, Australia (185)
  10. Slovakia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland (183)
  11. Slovenia, Latvia, Iceland, Estonia (182)
  12. Malaysia, Liechtenstein (179)
  13. Cyprus (176)
  14. Monaco, Chile (175)
  15. The UAE, Romania (174)
  16. Bulgaria, Croatia (173)
  17. Brazil, Argentina, Hong Kong (171)
  18. San Marino (169)
  19. Andorra (168)
  20. Brunei (166)

The United Arab Emirates has moved up in the rankings – from 16th to 15th place in comparison to 2021, Q1.

Meanwhile, the list also outlines the passports which are the weakest, making travel that bit more complex. The list is as follows:

World’s weakest passport, 2021, Q2

passport sunglasses hat and notepad ready for travel
These are deemed the weakest passports as of the second quarter of 2021. Credit | Pixabay
  1. Bangladesh, Lebanon, Sudan (41)
  2. Kosovo, Libya (40)
  3. North Korea (39)
  4. Nepal (38)
  5. Palestinian Territory (37)
  6. Somalia (34)
  7. Yemen (33)
  8. Pakistan (32)
  9. Syria (29)
  10. Iraq (28)
  11. Afghanistan (26)

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