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How Much Value Has a Swiss Passport?

Swiss Passport - Deborah Weber  / 
While writing my posts about owning a passport that isn't worth much and one that is totally worth it, I discovered  a great online resource for comparing the power of different passports. A website called Passport Index lets you explore passports from all around globe.

On Passport Index you can see which to which countries you can travel freely if you own a certain passport. On the website you can
  • check out an individual passport (e.g. Passport of Congo)
  • compare up to four different passports
  • see an overall ranking of all passports 
  • find out if you can travel to more countries if you acquire another passport
  • read news about passports and immigrations laws from all around the world
Obviously, I was interested in the Swiss passport and checked how it ranked in the overall ranking. I mean, we Swiss can travel to a lot of countries without needing a visa! This is what I found.

Top 10 of Worlds Best Passports

  1. Germany (158 countries)
  2. Sweden, Singapore (157 countries)
  3. Denmark, Finland, France, Spain, Norway, UK, USA (156 countries)
  4. Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Luxembourg, Portugal, Switzerland, South Korea, Japan (155 countries)
  5. Malaysia, Ireland, Canada (154 countries)
  6. Greece, New Zealand, Australia (153 countries)
  7. Czech Republic, Iceland (152 countries)
  8. Hungary (151 countries)
  9. Malta, Lithuania, Poland (150 countries)
  10. Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia (149 countries)
So, worlds best passport with a visa-free value of 158 countries is only three points better than the Swiss passport. But which countries can a German citizen visit freely while I would have to apply for a visa? Well, to my surprise those countries are: Vietnam, Rwanda and Mongolia! Who would have guessed!?



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