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A new global index has revealed the best passports to have in 2023. According to the Daily Mail report Luxembourg was at number one with the most powerful passport for two years in a row. This year, surprisingly the United Arab Emirates (UAE) takes top spot. UAE got the pole position mainly because the passport allows for citizens to travel without a visa to quite a few countries.

Best Passports

All the countries were ranked based on the following criteria; visa free travel opportunities, taxation of citizens, dual citizenship possibilities, perception and personal freedom. The top 10 passports are as follows:

  1. UAE
  2. Luxembourg
  3. Switzerland
  4. Ireland
  5. Portugal
  6. Germany
  7. Czech Republic
  8. New Zealand
  9. Sweden
  10. Finland

The UAE was in the number one spot scoring a total of 110.50 in all five categories. Surprisingly this was the first time it entered the top top. It ranked 35 in 2022 and 38 in 2021. The main reason for the climb is because of the country’s visa-free travel privileges to most places. 181 countries in total and with no income tax which make it very appealing for global citizens.

The United Kingdom fell behind this year at number 30 but it was still ahead of both Australia and the US which were at number 38 and 43 respectively. Although the UK passport is still considered one of the best in the world, it is unlikely it will ever be in the top 10 again.

At the bottom of the list, not surprisingly was Afghanistan with a score of only 26.50 points. The country continues to appear unstable as Taliban returned to power in 2021, some 20 years after being ousted by the United States Army.

Where does Singapore and its neighbouring countries in Asia rank?


Here are the the numbers following the top 10;

  1. Netherlands
  2. Norway
  3. Iceland
  4. Belgium
  5. Malta
  6. Lithuania
  7. Italy
  8. Latvia
  9. Denmark
  10. Slovakia
  11. Cyprus
  12. Romania
  13. South Korea
  14. Liechtenstein
  15. Croatia
  16. France
  17. Greece
  18. Austria
  19. Spain
  20. United Kingdom
  21. Monaco
  22. Singapore
  23. Estonia
  24. Bulgaria
  25. Hungary
  26. Slovenia
  27. Poland
  28. Australia
  29. Japan Chile
  30. Canada
  31. Malaysia
  32. United States

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