Having a powerful passport is a point of pride among many travelers, as it means you can travel to more places around the world. Passport strength can fluctuate and is usually dictated by the country’s politics,and international relationships, but it’s crucial for citizens to have access to the global community. Every year, the Henley Passport Index reveals a list of the world’s most powerful passports.The index ranks “all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.”

Passport strength has not been a useful metric for much of the past year, given COVID-19 restrictions, but now countries are opening up, and passports are regaining some of their former clout. The 2021 rankings do not take into account temporary border restrictions.

The top passports in 2021 are:

  • Japan (visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 193 countries around the world)
  • Singapore (192)
  • Germany, South Korea (191)
  • Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain (190)
  • Austria, Denmark (189)
  • France, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden (188)
  • Belgium, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States (187)
  • Czech Republic, Greece, Malta, Norway (186)
  • Australia, Canada (185)
  • Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia (183)

Japan once again took the top spot, with a passport that can access 193 destinations without needing prior visas. Singapore came in second with 192, while Germany and South Korea are tied for third, both with 191 destinations. You won’t find the United States until a bit farther down the list at number seven, tied with Belgium, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the UK.

Conversely, the countries with the weakest passports for 2021 are:

  • North Korea (39 countries)
  • Nepal (38)
  • Palestinian territories (37)
  • Somalia (34)
  • Yemen (33)
  • Pakistan (32)
  • Syria (29)
  • Iraq (28)
  • Afghanistan (26)

The country with the weakest passport this year is Afghanistan, which can only access 26 countries, just below Iraq, Syra, Pakistan, and Yemen.

If your country didn’t crack the top 10, don’t despair — there’s always next year.