23 April 2015| Last updated on 26 April 2015
To calculate your Visa Free Score, passports accumulate points for each visa free country that their holders can visit without a visa, or they can obtain a visa on arrival. Passports are then ranked based on their Visa Free Score. Thus, the higher the Visa Free Score, the better the Passport Power Rank. The country list itself is based on the 193 UN member countries and 6 territories (e.g. Macao, Kosovo, etc.) for a total of 199. Territories annexed to other countries such as Norfolk Islands, French Polynesia etc. are excluded.
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This is a very handy tool for anyone travelling or looking to make the move to expatriate land. Of course it's important to remember that respective embassies or consulates should be consulted for their country's visa policies before travelling, too.
The highest ranking passports are that belonging to the United States of America and the United Kingdom, as both have a Visa Free Score of 147. That's 147 countries that citizens and passport holders from the USA and UK can visit without having to obtain a visa in advance before travelling, and can gain one upon arrival. These two are closely followed by South Korea, Germany and France, which rank at 145. European countries such as Austria, Ireland and Portugal also rank high, with scores above 140.
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The United Arab Emirates ranks the highest out of all Middle Eastern countries, at position 47 with a score of 72. It's also tied with Peru and Dominica.