German citizens still possess the world’s most powerful passport, according to new research, but there’s good news for the UK, which has climbed the table from joint eighth to joint third place.
German citizens can travel to 177 out of a possible 218, up from 176 last year, while Britons can visit 175, up from 173.
The UK topped the 2015 rankings, alongside Germany, but ceded that spot after several countries relaxed travel restrictions to the latter. It was leapfrogged by Sweden in 2016, and then Denmark, Finland, Italy, Spain and the US in 2017, but now sits in third alongside Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, Japan and Norway.
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The past year has seen Belarus offer British citizens visa-free entry, Kazakhstan and Vietnam renew their visa-free arrangements with the UK, and Ethiopia offer a new e-visa option, helping boost the UK’s overall position.
Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria prop up the table. Its passport holders can only enter 24, 27 and 28 countries, respectively, without a visa.
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|Territory||Countries that can be visited visa-free|
|Democratic Republic of Congo||43|
Overall, 143 countries saw the power of their passport improve, while seven countries saw visa-free access reduced.
Among the biggest climbers were Georgia (99 visa-free countries, up from 84), Ukraine (114, up from 100), China (60, up from 50), Sierra Leone (62, up from 54), and Indonesia (63, up from 56).
By : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/powerful-passports-2018/