THE 2018 STC PASSPORT INDEX
 

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RankRatingCountrySTC Travel ScoreVisa-free CountDual allowed
1Gold (US & EU)United Kingdom825157Y
2Gold (US & EU)Finland823158Y
3Gold (US & EU)Sweden823158Y
4Gold (US & EU)Germany821159Y*
5Gold (US & EU)Hungary820153Y
6Gold (US & EU)Slovakia819152N
7Gold (US & EU)Estonia819151N
8Gold (US & EU)Portugal819157Y
9Gold (US & EU)Slovenia819152Y/N*
10Gold (US & EU)Switzerland819156Y
11Gold (US & EU)Austria819157Y/N*
12Gold (US & EU)Lithuania819152N*
13Gold (US & EU)Denmark818158Y
14Gold (US & EU)Italy818158Y
15Gold (US & EU)France817157Y
16Gold (US & EU)Spain817158Y/N*
17Gold (US & EU)Norway816156N*
18Gold (US & EU)Liechtenstein816148Y/N*
19Gold (US & EU)Belgium816157Y
20Gold (US & EU)Luxembourg816157Y
21Gold (US & EU)Netherlands815157N*
22Gold (US & EU)Greece815155Y
23Gold (US & EU)Czech Republic815155N
24Gold (US & EU)Ireland814155Y
25Gold (US & EU)Malta814153Y
26Gold (US & EU)Iceland813152Y
27Gold (US & EU)Latvia808151Y*
28Silver (EU)Bulgaria806149Y
29Gold (US & EU)Poland801152Y
30Silver (EU)Romania800149Y
31Gold (US & EU)Croatia799147Y
32Silver (EU)Cyprus795151Y
33Silver (EU)Hong Kong668141N
34Gold (US & EU)United States667157Y
35Gold (US & EU)Canada656156Y
36Gold (US & EU)South Korea655159Y/N*
37Gold (US & EU)Japan650159N
38Silver (EU)Macao648121N
39Gold (US & EU)Chile638145Y
40Gold (US & EU)San Marino633140N
41Gold (US & EU)Taiwan632120Y/N*
42Gold (US & EU)New Zealand629153Y
43Gold (US & EU)Australia628154Y
44Gold (US & EU)Singapore627158N
45Silver (EU)Brazil623148Y
46Gold (US & EU)Bermuda622135Y
47Gold (US & EU)Andorra621140Y
48Gold (US & EU)Monaco620146N
49Silver (EU)Mexico615136Y
50Silver (EU)Argentina614144Y
51Gold (US & EU)Bahamas614136Y
52Gold (US & EU)Israel612135Y
53Silver (EU)Malaysia612155Y/N*
54Gold (US & EU)Marshall Islands608105N
55Gold (US & EU)Turks and Caicos Islands607135Y
56Silver (EU)Gibraltar606133Y
57Gold (US & EU)British Virgin Islands606133Y
58Gold (US & EU)Cayman Islands606133Y
59Gold (US & EU)Palau60599Y
60Gold (US & EU)Micronesia605102N
61Silver (EU)Uruguay599129Y
62Gold (US & EU)Brunei597137N
63Silver (EU)Barbados596136Y
64Silver (EU)Paraguay594119Y
65Silver (EU)Panama594118Y/N*
66Silver (EU)United Arab Emirates590130N
67Silver (EU)Montserrat589133Y
68Silver (EU)Anguilla589131Y
69Silver (EU)Peru582124Y
70Silver (EU)Saint Kitts and Nevis577127Y
71Silver (EU)Grenada577120Y
72Silver (EU)Venezuela574121Y
73Silver (EU)Trinidad and Tobago574124Y
74Silver (EU)Costa Rica571123Y
75Gold (US & EU)Vatican City571129Y
76Silver (EU)El Salvador570115Y
77Silver (EU)Honduras569115Y
78Silver (EU)Ukraine567124N
79Silver (EU)Guatemala567114Y
80Silver (EU)Seychelles566130Y
81Silver (EU)Antigua and Barbuda563125Y
82Silver (EU)Saint Vincent and the Grenadines562125Y
83Silver (EU)Serbia561114Y
84Silver (EU)Colombia557105Y
85Silver (EU)Dominica556115Y
86Silver (EU)Saint Lucia556121Y
87Silver (EU)Bosnia and Herzegovina556102Y
88Silver (EU)Moldova556108Y
89Silver (EU)Nicaragua555106Y
90Silver (EU)Montenegro549108Y
91Silver (EU)Mauritius547108Y
92Silver (EU)Samoa544113Y
93Silver (EU)Albania54497Y
94Silver (EU)Macedonia543111N
95Silver (EU)Solomon Islands542116N*
96Silver (EU)Vanuatu541117Y
97Silver (EU)Georgia540105N
98Silver (EU)Tonga539109Y
99Silver (EU)Tuvalu535114Y
100Silver (EU)Kiribati535109N
101Silver (EU)Timor-Leste51884Y
102Russia369109Y
103Oman35974N
104Turkey359107Y
105Kuwait34989N
106Bronze (UK)Belize29786Y
107Qatar29084N
108China29066N
109Bahrain28977N
110Belarus28873Y
111Saudi Arabia28170N
112Thailand27275N
113Ecuador27081Y
114Jamaica26880Y
114Bronze (UK)Maldives26477Y
116South Africa26092Y*
117Fiji25282Y
118Bronze (UK)Papua New Guinea24071N
119Armenia23861Y
120Bolivia23571Y
121Tajikistan23458N
122Guyana23378N
123Kazakhstan23173N
124Bronze (UK)Nauru22773Y
125Bronze (UK)Botswana22670N
126Kyrgyzstan22662Y
127Mongolia22556N
128Azerbaijan22566N*
129Dominican Republic22565Y
130Bronze (UK)Namibia22266Y/N*
131Morocco22160Y
132Tunisia21863Y
133Jordan21548Y
134Lebanon20942Y
135Uzbekistan20857N
136Suriname20670N
137Indonesia20467N
138Haiti18953Y
139Philippines18663Y
140Bhutan18353Y
141Egypt18248Y
142India18055N*
143Lesotho17668Y
144Kosovo17544Y
145Laos17247N
146Zambia16964Y
147Swaziland16967N
148Tanzania16766N
149Vietnam16649Y/N*
150Cape Verde16562Y
151Zimbabwe16361Y
152Cuba16360n
153Bronze (UK)Malawi16265N
154Algeria15949Y
155Kenya15765Y
156Turkmenistan15653Y
157Nepal15439N
158Iran14940Y
159Gambia14666N
160Mali14352Y
161Senegal14354Y
162Guinea14252N
163Cambodia13950N*
164Benin13857Y
165Myanmar13644N
166Uganda13564Y
167Sao Tome13554Y
168Gabon13352N
169Ivory Coast13254y
170Sierra Leone13159Y
171Ghana12958Y
172Togo12955Y
173Liberia12846N
174Burkina Faso12855Y
175Niger12750N
176Angola12347Y
177Madagascar12352N
178Comoros12248Y
179Sudan12137Y
180Syria12029Y
181Mauritania12055N
182Guinea-Bissau11950N
183Mozambique11851N
184Rwanda11553Y
185Yemen11335Y
186Chad11149Y
187North Korea10840N
188South Sudan10839Y
189Libya10637Y
190Republic of the Congo10445N
191Equatorial Guinea10245N
192Sri Lanka9938Y
193Burundi9846Y
194Democratic Republic of the Congo9741N
195Palestine9638Y
196Central African Republic9546Y
197Ethiopia9440N
198Djibouti9443N
199Nigeria9341Y
200Bangladesh8738Y
201Cameroon8143N
202Eritrea8137N*
203Pakistan7730Y*
204Iraq7627Y
205Somalia7529Y
206Afghanistan5626N

The 2018 STC Passport Index ranks every country in the world based on the quality of their passport. Over 200 countries & territories are reviewed and updated on an annual basis. The ranking also offers valuable information regarding the number of visa-free destinations, dual citizenship and more. The STC Passport index was launched in 2016 and remains the only one that indexes visa-free destinations according to their popularity and authorized length of stay.

The 2018 STC Passport Index has been simplified this year. We spent our time finding the most accurate and simple way for a Global Citizen to evaluate the value of a passport. Simply giving the number of visa-free countries one can travel can be deceiving. Only a few countries are truly valuable to those who are considering a second passport. For example, Barbados has a Visa-Free Count of 136, and Bermuda also has a Visa-Free Count of 136. An inaccurate passport Index would rank Barbados passport as equal to that of the Bahamas. In reality, however, the Bahamian passport is more valuable than its Barbadian counterpart because it allows visa-free travel to the United States. This is one reason why the visa-free score is deceiving, as countries can assign visa waivers to tiny jurisdictions to increase their score and give the illusion that their passport will enable you to travel to the places you desire. Our analysis of the travel world left us with the conclusion that two regions are key to those looking to buy a passport: Europe and the USA. Other important destinations like the UK, China or Russia don’t carry as much weight. Passports with the label US & EU are the most valuable and represent the “Gold Standard” for passports. Generally speaking, visa-free travel to the US comes with an additional 130 other countries. In practical terms, most passports with visa-free travel to the US also offer visa-free travel to Europe.

The data presented here was collected in fall 2017, but includes all changes programmed in advance for the year 2018. Visa Information was taken from the International Air Transport Association timatic website and from official government websites (see SOURCES on website). The electronic visa delivery times were taken from the relevant official government websites (see SOURCES on website). There are discrepancies between the IATA timatic website and information provided by governments, which makes it difficult to evaluate the reliability of some information. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that all our information is correct. Nevertheless, we spent additional time looking into each country’s policy to determine the visa policy of each, above and beyond what is commonly known and accessible on timatic.

Status GOLD: Visa-free travel to the US & EU SILVER: Visa-free travel to the EU BRONZE: Visa-free travel to the UK

Destinations: We have included in our list of countries all the nations recognized by the UN, with the addition of Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Kosovo. Our list of countries can vary with other passport rankings, thus giving different visa-free counts.

Visa-Free: Visa-free travel includes all destinations accessible by visa-free travel, visa-on-arrival, electronic visas delivered in under 24h and visa-free on transit for lengths of more than 24h. Stays via transit allow the traveler to access the country without holding a visa, as long as its final destination is somewhere else.

Score Points: Score points are a result of the ability to travel visa-free to a given territory relative to its importance as a destination and the amount of time one is allowed to stay there. The importance is based on the number of annual travelers to a given country (as compiled annually by UNWTO) and how long a traveler is allowed to stay in the jurisdiction.

Dual Citizenship: Elaborates on the possibility of obtaining dual citizenship. In some cases, you will need to refer to the notes for more detailed explanation.

Length of Stay: Length of stay may include extensions or extended stays available for purchase on arrival. Length of stay is normally for tourist reasons, unless visa-free access is possible only for business reasons.

Visa Information were taken from the International Air Transport Association and in other cases, when information was not sufficient, from official government websites. https://www.timaticweb.com

The electronic visa delivery time were taken from their relevant official government website.

The number of annual travelers to a given country compiled annually by UNWTO. http://www.e-unwto.org/

Dual Citizenship information was taken from our data-base taken in turn by each country citizenship law.

List of government website http://globalresidenceindex.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Source.xlsx