Swiss passport one of the best in the world, new ranking reveals
The latest Henley Passport Index has seen the Swiss passport retain its status as one of the best in the world. The organisation ranked the red document in joint seventh place, as it allows travel to 186 different countries without a visa.
Henley Passport Index, 2023
In the report, Henley & Partners analysed 199 different passports from around the world to see which is best and worst for international travellers. This year, the organisation studied whether each passport granted visa-free access to 227 different global travel destinations.
To create the ranking, each passport is awarded a single point for every country or destination that the holder can travel to without having to apply for a visa, and any country where only a visa on arrival, visitors permit or an electronic travel authority (ETA) is required. On the flip side, for every destination where a visa that cannot be claimed at airports, ports or border checkpoints is needed, or for nations where pre-departure government approval is mandatory, the passport receives zero points.
Swiss passport retains seventh place in 2023 ranking
After moving from seventh to sixth in 2020, before falling back to seventh in 2021 and 2022, the Swiss passport continues to be rated highly by the index in 2023, placing in joint-seventh place once again with 186 points. The alpine nation shared the seventh rung with Belgium, Czechia, New Zealand, Norway and the United States.
The score means Swiss citizens are able to visit 186 nations around the world without a pre-approved visa or permit. What's more, the alpine nation was only two points off the Netherlands, which came in joint-fifth, and only seven points off first place, which was taken by Japan with 193 points.
Best and worst passports in the world in 2023
According to the 2023 Henley Passport Index, the best passports in the world are:
- Japan (193)
- Singapore, South Korea (192)
- Germany, Spain (190)
- Finland, Italy, Luxembourg (189)
- Austria, Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden (188)
- France, Ireland, Portugal, United Kingdom (187)
- Belgium, Czechia, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, United States (186)
- Australia, Canada, Greece, Malta (185)
- Hungary, Poland (184)
- Lithuania, Slovakia (183)
On the other hand, the worst passports in the world for 2023 are:
- Afghanistan (27)
- Iraq (29)
- Syria (30)
- Pakistan (32)
- Yemen (34)
- Somalia (35)
- Palestinian Territory, Nepal (38)
- North Korea (40)
- Bangladesh, Kosovo, Libya (41)
- Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Sudan (42)
To find out more about the ranking, and to see how your country's passport did, visit the Henley & Partners website.