Most Powerful Passports in the World

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Published on 02 December, 2022

By Portugal Homes

Most Powerful Passports in the World

Travelling around the Globe is one of the most exciting activities in our lifetime, as it provides the possibility to see a new environment, meet diverse cultures, and even try exotic gastronomy. Tourism has become a billion industry worldwide and for some countries it is the main source of income. But this activity is way more pleasant when the bureaucracy related to Visas can be avoided. Having a powerful passport is the best way to travel the world. 

To help with the struggle of the necessity or not of a visa, the Passport Index ranking 2022 provides every year with an updated list of the strongest passports in the world and the conditions they face worldwide. The Passport Index is nowadays the most interactive passport ranking tool in the world, having been invented and empowered by Arton Capital. It is the only real-time global ranking of the world's passports, updated as frequently as new visa waivers and changes are being implemented. The Passport Power Index considers in its methodology the passports issued by 193 United Nations member countries and 6 territories (ROC Taiwan, Macao (SAR China), Hong Kong (SAR China), Kosovo, Palestinian Territory and the Vatican) for a total of 199 different documents. The data provided is based on official information provided by governments, updated in real-time.  

Portuguese Passport is one of the most powerful in the world.


A three-tier method is applied to determine the passport rank. This method includes some possibilities that the traveller will face when arriving in a foreign country, such as "visa-free" (non-visa needed), the "visa on arrival" (VOA), the "eTA" (Electronic Travel Authorization), the "pre-enrollment visa" and the "eVisa" (if issued within 3 days), or the necessity to have a visa, "visa required". The ranking is defined considering the visa-free portion of their score vs the Visa on arrival option, and the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Index 2018 (UNDP HDI) is used as a tiebreaker. 

Complete Rank of the top Global Passport Power in 2022 

Number One Passport Power Rank

United Arab Emirates flag

United Arab Emirates

Visa-Free:121Visa on arrival:59Visa required:18

Number Two Passport Power Rank

Germany flag


Visa-Free:127Visa on arrival:46Visa required:25
Sweden flag


Visa-Free:126Visa on arrival:47Visa required:25
Finland flag


Visa-Free:126Visa on arrival:47Visa required:25
Luxembourg flag


Spain flag


Visa-Free:126Visa on arrival:47Visa required:25
France flag


Visa-Free:126Visa on arrival:47Visa required:25
Italy flag


Visa-Free:126Visa on arrival:47Visa required:25
Netherlands flag


Visa-Free:125Visa on arrival:48Visa required:25
Austria flag


Visa-Free:125Visa on arrival:48Visa required:25
Switzerland flag


Visa-Free:123Visa on arrival:50Visa required:25
South Korea flag

South Korea

Visa-Free:120Visa on arrival:53Visa required:25

Number Three Passport Power Rank

Denmark flag


Visa-Free:125Visa on arrival:47Visa required:26
Belgium flag


Visa-Free:124Visa on arrival:48Visa required:26
Portugal flag


Visa-Free:124Visa on arrival:48Visa required:26
Norway flag


Visa-Free:123Visa on arrival:49Visa required:26
Poland flag


Visa-Free:122Visa on arrival:50Visa required:26
Ireland flag


Visa-Free:117Visa on arrival:55Visa required:26
United States of America flag

United States of America

Visa-Free:116Visa on arrival:56Visa required:26
New Zealand flag

New Zealand

Visa-Free:114Visa on arrival:58Visa required:26


Portugal is the Third most Powerful Passport in the world 

The Portuguese passport is the third most Powerful in the world, being in front of countries such USA, New Zealand and Japan. With a Portuguese passport, the citizen can travel Visa-free to 124 countries (116 visa-free and 8 eTA). Along those, the 25 countries within the Schengen Zone where Portuguese Citizens can travel, live and work freely. The Schengen Area includes 26 countries in total: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. 

The Portuguese Passport also enables its citizens to travel to 48 countries with the requirement of an "eVisa", requested with an online application, or a "visa on arrival", that can be requested when the passport holder arrives at the destination. Although "visa-free", the Portuguese passport faces 8 countries that request an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), a requirement for foreign nationals travelling to a nation where permission to enter is not required (this requirement is mostly used by the USA and Canada). 

Flying abroad with a Portuguese passport can save you lots of time at the customs.
According to the Passport Index, the Portuguese passport has a World Reach of 86%, being one of the strong passports in the world. 

Portugal Golden Visa Programme  

The Golden Visa Programme is an economic strategy proposed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 2008, and its main objective is to accelerate overseas investments to reinforce the country's economy. In Portugal this investment programme was created in October 2012, standing out in the European economic block in 2022, ten years after its creation, as the most stable and profitable residency-by-investment programme. The official numbers presented by the Portuguese Government show that the total assets are nearly 6 billion euros invested in Portugal through real estate investments.  

The Portuguese Golden Visa Programme provides the investor with a residence visa allowing several benefits, such as travelling freely across Europe, within the Schengen Zone. Another advantage of a resident is the right to live and work in the country, and having access to social security support, public education, and universal medical care, which is free of charge in Portugal. After five years of living legally in the country, the investor will have the possibility to apply for Portuguese citizenship and obtain the Portuguese Passport, one of the most powerful passports in the world. According to the Passport Index ranking, the Portuguese Passport is accepted y 124 countries, and only 26 nations in the world request a visa for a Portuguese citizen.   

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