The Passport Index, created by Arton Capital, released a list of which passports were the most powerful in 2019, and the Canadian passport landed a spot in the top five.
When it comes to what makes a passport powerful, it’s all about global mobility, which includes the freedom to travel and move around the world. According to the Passport Index, this is based on the number of countries that grant visa-free access to each passport holder.
The global passport ranking for 2019 shows slight changes, including Canada dropping from fourth to fifth place.
Canada tied for fifth place with Singapore, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, Sloakia, the UK, and New Zealand.
Here’s how Canada has ranked in the past:
2015 – sixth place, visa-free score of 153
2016 – sixth place, visa-free score of 152
2017 – fourth place, visa-free score of 158
2018 – fourth place, visa-free score of 158
2019 – fourth place, visa-free score of 164
The first-place spot went again to the United Arab Emirates, while Germany, Finland, Luxembourg, and Spain took second place.
The US was among Denmark, Netherlands, Austria, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, South Korea, and Ireland at number three.
The world map above shows geographically where the more powerful passports were located in 2019.
According to the Passport Index, when it comes to the most powerful passports of the decade, the 2010s were all about increasing passport power, which led to a shift in which passports are considered the most powerful around the globe.
“The world has never been more open than today,” shared Armand Arton, Founder and President of Arton Capital.
According to the ranking, UK, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, France, Italy, and the Netherlands have been amongst the top five most powerful passports ranking for the last decade.
The highest mobility score of the decade went to the UAE, while the lowest went to Afghanistan.