American passport ranked one of the most powerful in the world

Jan 11 2021, 10:38 am

The American passport has been ranked as one of the 20 most powerful passports in the world.

The Passport Index, created by Arton Capital, has released a list of which passports are the most powerful in 2021. A passport is ranked as more or less powerful based on the freedom it grants its holders to travel and move around the world, called its “global mobility.”

According to Passport Index, this is based on the number of countries that grant visa-free access to each passport holder. The average mobility score globally is 77.

This year, the US is in 19th place with a mobility score of 103. The country is ranked one spot above Malaysia and one below Canada.

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Global Passport Power Rank 2021

Despite landing in the top 20, the Canadian passport has dropped drastically in the ranks since last year. Passport Index’s data shows that Canada lost 68 visa waivers in 2020 and now has a visa-free score of 62.

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Global Passport Power Rank 2021

The world map above shows geographically where the more powerful passports are located in 2021.

European passports remain the most powerful in the world, with Germany taking first place. Second place is shared between Sweden, Finland, and Spain.

Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, and New Zealand are tied for third place.

Afghanistan and Iraq are tied for the last place, with visa-free scores of four and three, respectively.

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