May 24, 2018

See Where Canada Is Ranked on List of World’s Most Powerful Passports

Posted by Fabiola Arevalo - Bellissimo Law Group PC

The Canadian passport is one of the strongest in the world, but Japan takes the lead, according to the Henley Passport Index. This index measures how powerful the national identifications are based on how many countries citizens can access without a visa. The index is based on data collected through the International Air Transport Association.

As of right now, Japan takes the top spot with the country’s passport-holders being able to access 189 other nations without a visa.

Canada is in fifth place at 185, and tied with Belgium, Denmark, Ireland and Switzerland.

These are the countries that made the top 10 list:

  1. Japan (189)
  2. Germany, Singapore (188)
  3. Finland, France, Italy, South Korea, Spain, Sweden (187)
  4. Austria, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom, United States (186)
  5. Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Switzerland (185)
  6. Greece, Australia (183)
  7. Czech Republic, Malta, New Zealand (182)
  8. Iceland (181)
  9. Hungary, Slovenia, Malaysia (180)
  10. Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia (179)

Measuring visa-free access is important because it illustrates how much freedom a country’s citizens have and countries that top the list usually have a stronger diplomatic relations with other nations.

Canada ranks 79 on the list of welcoming countries — and only welcomes 51 out of 198 nations into the country without a visa.

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