The map of the world according to who has the most powerful passport

Louis Dor
Tuesday 22 November 2016 10:15
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Germans hold the most powerful passport in the world, with visa-free access to 158 countries.

This is according to the visa-free score of each country's passport, as documented by the Passport Index 2016.

Citizens of the UK hold the joint-third most powerful passport in the world with visa-free access to 156 countries.

In turn, the UK welcomes 91 countries visa-free.

View the interactive map below for full rankings:

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Passport index also has compiled a world map of each country's passport colour.

Picture: Passport Index(Passport Index)

While Europe is predominately burgundy, thanks to EU regulations, the Americas are dominated by blue and Africa sees a lot of green.

Following the EU referendum result the colour of UK passports became a talking point, with many Brexiters urging the government to revert to blue.

The UK does still issue blue passports, however - we give them to refugees.

The passport in question is actually a Home Office travel document, which is available to those living in the UK for the following reasons:

  • you have permission to stay as a refugee or stateless person
  • you have humanitarian protection for a limited time after a failed asylum application
  • you have discretionary leave for a limited time after a failed asylum application
  • you are settled here permanently (known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’)

The Home Office confirmed to indy100 that the 'Convention Travel Document', which is only available to those with refugee status, is the only document that is blue.

More: Dark blue British passports do still exist... We give them to refugees

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