The US Passport Isn't the Best in the World Anymore


America's the best. That's indisputable. But one area it's no longer the best? Passport power. Even just a year ago, the US was no. 1 -- but the latest ranking says that's no longer the case.

Residence and citizenship planning firm Henley & Partners found that Germany has the most powerful passport in the world, a title previously held by the US and UK in last year's Passport Index report. The Henley & Partners report ranked passports according to how many countries holders can visit visa-free, and Germany topped the list at 177 countries. Next up was Sweden, where citizens can visit 176 countries. Finland, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom all tied for third with 175 countries. 

The US came in fourth on the latest list, with 174 countries. Sure, that's only three fewer countries than the German passport, but it's the difference between first and fourth, and no one likes to fall off the podium. Meanwhile, the least powerful passports come from Afghanistan (25 countries), Pakistan (29 countries), and Iraq (30 countries). 

Check out the top 10 most powerful passports below, and don't worry America. You can still brag about being the home of Kid Rock. Yay?

10 Most Powerful Passports

10. Hungary, Czech Republic, Iceland, 167
9. Malta, 168
8. Australia, 169
7. Greece, New Zealand, 171
6. Canada, Ireland (Republic of), Korea (Republic of, South), Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, 172
5. Austria, Japan, Singapore, 173
4. Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, United States, 174
3. Finland, France, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, 175
2. Sweden, 176
1. Germany, 177

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Kara King is a News Writer at Thrillist and still adores her passport. Send news tips to and follow her at @karatillie.