Nomad passport Index 2023 : World’s Most Powerful Passport

Passport of the UAE is now the most powerful in the world, according to Nomad Passport Ranking Index 2023. The country has dramatically improved its standing in the ranking, jumping straight to top spot from 35th last year.

The UAE passport has secured a total score of 110.50 as it has visa-free (visa-on arrival) access into 181 countries.

Of the other two spots in the top three (3) of the rankings, Luxembourg ranked at number two and Switzerland at third position respectively.

As per the report, this year Luxembourg has dropped to second position after staying at top for the previous two years whereas Switzerland has gained two notches to third position from fifth last year.

For year 2023, Nomad Passport Index has covered 199 countries (or citizenship) in total in preparing the most powerful passport index.

The report says that the ratings of citizenship are created on the basis of visa-free travel, international taxation laws, global perception, dual citizenship, and personal freedom.

Most importantly, of the top ten best passport in the index, eight are from Europe—Luxembourg, Switzerland, Ireland, Portugal, Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden and Finland.

Surprisingly, some prominent countries have not performed that well in the Nomad Passport Index 2023. According to the report, the USA is ranked globally at 43 with a score of 98.50, Canada at 38T with 101.0 score, South Korea 21T with score of 104.0, Japan at 38T with score 101.0, China 128T with a score of 51.50, India 159T with a score 44.50, the United Kingdom 30T with a score of 102.50, Singapore 30T with a score of 102.50.

Bangladesh’s passport is placed 182 in the index with a total score of 37.50. Bangladeshi passport holders can get visa-free (or visa-on-arrival) entry into 49 countries, says the report.

Top 10 Best Passport According To Nomad Index 2023 :

  1. United Arab Emirates (UAE) 2. Luxembourg 3. Switzerland 4. Ireland 5. Portugal 6. Germany 7. Czech Republic 8. New Zealand 9. Sweden and 10. Finland.

Brief Background of Top 10 Most Powerful Passport :

  1. United Arab Emirates ( 1 with Score 110.50) :

According to the Nomad Capitalist Passport Index report, the United Arab Emirates has entered the top ten for the first time this year, jumping straight to number one from 35th last year. This is largely due to recent changes allowing foreigners to apply for dual citizenship, which, combined with the travel freedoms afforded by a UAE passport, plus the country’s business-friendly environment and enviable tax system, puts the United Arab Emirates top of our list for 2023.

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  1. Luxembourg (2T with Score 108.00) :

After two years at the top, Luxembourg dropped to second position this year. This tiny but prosperous EU member state offers its citizens high levels of freedom. It also boasts excellent passport perception. And fortunately for the expats living there, it recently became easier to naturalize as a citizen.

  1. Switzerland (2T with Score 108.00) :

Swiss citizens enjoy high levels of liberty and privacy. The country has risen from fifth to third position this year, making it one of only three non-EU countries to make the top ten. The country’s famous neutrality, meanwhile, ensures that Swiss nationals remain some of the most respected travelers around the world.

  1. Ireland (4T with Score 107.50) :

Ireland offers one of Europe’s lowest corporate tax rates, while its passport’s visa scores are among the highest. The country’s excellent reputation makes traveling as an Irish citizen generally hassle-free. While Ireland is not part of the European Schengen Area, it is a member of the Common Travel Area (CTA), which means free travel to, and the right to work in, the UK.

  1. Portugal (4T with Score 107.50) :

Portugal is an open and friendly country that enjoys one of Europe’s best passports. Portuguese citizens are also highly welcome around the world, enjoying visa-free travel to countries like South Africa that other European Union citizens don’t. Portugal also provides a warm welcome to expats, with high levels of English fluency plus a favorable tax exemption program.

  1. Germany (6 T with Score 107.00) :

Germany is a high-tech and heavily industrialized economy with a strong work ethic. Often described as the “engine of Europe,” Germany is the largest economy in the EU and the world’s fourth-largest economy overall. It’s also Europe’s most populous country. As a result, German passports bestow a high degree of travel freedom, though the tradeoff comes in the form of higher taxes than many of its European neighbors, though thankfully leaving the German tax system is relatively straightforward.

  1. Czech Republic (6T with Score 107.00) :

Maintaining a top 10 spot four years in a row, the Czech Republic is a popular expat destination with a rich culture. Located in the center of Europe, the nation joined the EU in 2004. Czech passport holders, therefore, enjoy a high degree of travel freedom. Plus, with proper structuring in place, you can also enjoy a considerable degree of tax freedom too.

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  1. New Zealand (8 with Score 106.50) :

A newcomer to our top ten passports, New Zealand’s warm climate, easy-going nature and cinematic landscapes help ensure the country’s as popular with expats as ever. Although the country imposed strict lockdowns during the pandemic, citizens today generally enjoy a considerable degree of personal freedom inside the country with an equal amount of travel freedom throughout the world.

  1. Sweden (9T with Score 106.00) :

Dropping from joint second last year to position nine, Sweden is nonetheless enjoying a seven-year streak as a top ten passport. This is due to the country’s excellent global reputation and the high level of personal and travel freedoms afforded, but this comes at the cost of extremely high taxes.

  1. Finland (9T with Score 106.00) :

Northern Europe is home to some of the world’s best passports, and Finland is no exception. Despite previously being rated #1 just a few years ago, a Finnish passport still offers visa-free travel to a large number of countries, but more stringent tax policies for expats reduced the country’s score.

N.B : 2T, 4T, 6T, 9T etc. means that the two passports hold the same position on the ranking with the same score.


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