The latest edition of the Passport Index by Arton Capital compares passports from 199 countries including the 193 United Nations member countries as well as the Republic of China, Kosovo, Palestine, and The Vatican.

The list, which ranks passports for the ease of travel they offer, reveals that Germany ranks the most powerful passport in the world, with a visa-free score of 157, followed by Sweden, Finland, Italy and Switzerland.

The UAE tops the GCC ranking with a visa-free score of 122 (and a global rank of 26), followed by Kuwait (visa free score of 81), and Qatar with a score of 77. 

Turkey, Moldova, and Colombia ranked 38th with a visa-free score of 104 points.

Top 10 most powerful passports

1. Germany | Visa free score: 157
2. Singapore, Sweden | Visa free score: 156
3. Denmark, Finland, France, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, UK, USA | Visa free score: 155
4. Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Luxembourg, Portugal, Japan | Visa free score: 154
5. Malaysia, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand | Visa free score: 153
6. Greece, South Korea, Australia | Visa free score: 152
7. Czech Republic, Iceland | Visa free score: 151
8. Hungary | Visa free score: 150
9. Malta, Poland | Visa free score: 149
10. Slovenia, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia | Visa free score: 148

Top 10 least powerful passports

1. Afghanistan | Visa free score: 23
2. Pakistan | Visa free score: 26
3. Iraq | Visa free score: 28
4. Syria | Visa free score: 29
5. Somalia | Visa free score: 30
6. South Sudan, Etiopia | Visa free score: 34
7. Sri Lanka, Bangladesh | Visa free score: 35
8. Iran, Eritrea, Sudan | Visa free score: 36
9. Palestinian territories, Nepal, Libya | Visa free score: 37
10. Lebanon | Visa free score: 38