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Canadian passport ranked one of the most powerful in the world

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Canadian passport is very powerful globally – says Passport Index. According to the real-time global passports ranking website Passport Index, Canadian passport ranked among the top most powerful in 2021.

This means Canadians can travel to 94 countries without a visa. That is an increase from 87 in 2020. It also means Canadians can get visa-on-arrival in 45 countries.

Canadian passport is in top 30 countries with high mobility. It is also in the group with 5th most powerful passports. The group includes the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Malta, the Czech Republic, Greece, Poland, and Hungary.

Canadian Passport Holders Can Visit 97 Countries Visa-Free

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According to the Index, holders of a Canadian passport can travel visa-free to 97 countries. They can also travel to another 45 that only require a visa upon arrival. 

Henley & Partners, a London-based global firm that provides citizenship and residency services, also supports the ranking

In their index, Canada tied for the eighth-most powerful passport with Australia, with a visa-free score (VFS) of 184.

It places Canada into its eighth of 26 groups of the most powerful visas in the world. Canada had a visa-free score of 184 in the fourth quarter of this year. 

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According to their October update, the past 18 months of the pandemic resulted “in the widest mobility gap in its 16-year history.”

Most Powerful Passports

UAE is the world’s most powerful passport with a reach of 76 per cent of the world. Emirati citizens can travel visa-free to 95 counties.

New Zealand comes in second and its citizens can travel visa-free to 93 countries.

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Canada is in the 5th most powerful group with France, Malta, Czech Republic, Greece, Poland, Hungary, U.K., and the U.S.A.

Third most powerful passports

  1. Germany
  2. Finland
  3. Austria
  4. Luxembourg
  5. Spain
  6. Italy
  7. Switzerland
  8. South Korea
  9. Australia

Fourth most powerful passports

  1. Sweden
  2. Netherlands
  3. Denmark
  4. Belgium
  5. Portugal
  6. Ireland

Fifth most powerful passport

  1. France
  2. Malta
  3. Czech Republic
  4. Greece
  5. Poland
  6. Hungary
  7. United Kingdom
  8. Canada
  9. United States Of America

Henley & Partners – Top 10 best passports in the world in 2021

1. Japan, Singapore (191)2. Germany, South Korea (190)3. Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain (189)4. Austria, Denmark (188)5. France, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden (187)6. Belgium, New Zealand, Switzerland (186)7. Czech Republic, Greece, Malta, Norway, United Kingdom, United States (185)8. Australia, Canada (184)9. Hungary (183)10. Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia (182)

As for some of the worst passports to hold, that includes Afghanistan (26), Iraq (28), Syria (29), Pakistan (31), Somalia (34) and Yemen (33).

Related: Canada celebrates Citizenship Week 2021.


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