THE 2018 STC PASSPORT INDEX
 

DOWNLOAD THE 2018 STC
PASSPORT INDEX
REPORT
Download Now
 
Rank Rating Country STC Travel Score Visa-free Count Dual allowed
1 Gold (US & EU) United Kingdom 825 157 Y
2 Gold (US & EU) Finland 823 158 Y
3 Gold (US & EU) Sweden 823 158 Y
4 Gold (US & EU) Germany 821 159 Y*
5 Gold (US & EU) Hungary 820 153 Y
6 Gold (US & EU) Slovakia 819 152 N
7 Gold (US & EU) Estonia 819 151 N
8 Gold (US & EU) Portugal 819 157 Y
9 Gold (US & EU) Slovenia 819 152 Y/N*
10 Gold (US & EU) Switzerland 819 156 Y
11 Gold (US & EU) Austria 819 157 Y/N*
12 Gold (US & EU) Lithuania 819 152 N*
13 Gold (US & EU) Denmark 818 158 Y
14 Gold (US & EU) Italy 818 158 Y
15 Gold (US & EU) France 817 157 Y
16 Gold (US & EU) Spain 817 158 Y/N*
17 Gold (US & EU) Norway 816 156 N*
18 Gold (US & EU) Liechtenstein 816 148 Y/N*
19 Gold (US & EU) Belgium 816 157 Y
20 Gold (US & EU) Luxembourg 816 157 Y
21 Gold (US & EU) Netherlands 815 157 N*
22 Gold (US & EU) Greece 815 155 Y
23 Gold (US & EU) Czech Republic 815 155 Y
24 Gold (US & EU) Ireland 814 155 Y
25 Gold (US & EU) Malta 814 153 Y
26 Gold (US & EU) Iceland 813 152 Y
27 Gold (US & EU) Latvia 808 151 Y*
28 Silver (EU) Bulgaria 806 149 Y
29 Gold (US & EU) Poland 801 152 Y
30 Silver (EU) Romania 800 149 Y
31 Gold (US & EU) Croatia 799 147 Y
32 Silver (EU) Cyprus 795 151 Y
33 Silver (EU) Hong Kong 668 141 N
34 Gold (US & EU) United States 667 157 Y
35 Gold (US & EU) Canada 656 156 Y
36 Gold (US & EU) South Korea 655 159 Y/N*
37 Gold (US & EU) Japan 650 159 N
38 Silver (EU) Macao 648 121 N
39 Gold (US & EU) Chile 638 145 Y
40 Gold (US & EU) San Marino 633 140 N
41 Gold (US & EU) Taiwan 632 120 Y/N*
42 Gold (US & EU) New Zealand 629 153 Y
43 Gold (US & EU) Australia 628 154 Y
44 Gold (US & EU) Singapore 627 158 N
45 Silver (EU) Brazil 623 148 Y
46 Gold (US & EU) Bermuda 622 135 Y
47 Gold (US & EU) Andorra 621 140 Y
48 Gold (US & EU) Monaco 620 146 N
49 Silver (EU) Mexico 615 136 Y
50 Silver (EU) Argentina 614 144 Y
51 Gold (US & EU) Bahamas 614 136 Y
52 Gold (US & EU) Israel 612 135 Y
53 Silver (EU) Malaysia 612 155 Y/N*
54 Gold (US & EU) Marshall Islands 608 105 N
55 Gold (US & EU) Turks and Caicos Islands 607 135 Y
56 Silver (EU) Gibraltar 606 133 Y
57 Gold (US & EU) British Virgin Islands 606 133 Y
58 Gold (US & EU) Cayman Islands 606 133 Y
59 Gold (US & EU) Palau 605 99 Y
60 Gold (US & EU) Micronesia 605 102 N
61 Silver (EU) Uruguay 599 129 Y
62 Gold (US & EU) Brunei 597 137 N
63 Silver (EU) Barbados 596 136 Y
64 Silver (EU) Paraguay 594 119 Y
65 Silver (EU) Panama 594 118 Y/N*
66 Silver (EU) United Arab Emirates 590 130 N
67 Silver (EU) Montserrat 589 133 Y
68 Silver (EU) Anguilla 589 131 Y
69 Silver (EU) Peru 582 124 Y
70 Silver (EU) Saint Kitts and Nevis 577 127 Y
71 Silver (EU) Grenada 577 120 Y
72 Silver (EU) Venezuela 574 121 Y
73 Silver (EU) Trinidad and Tobago 574 124 Y
74 Silver (EU) Costa Rica 571 123 Y
75 Gold (US & EU) Vatican City 571 129 Y
76 Silver (EU) El Salvador 570 115 Y
77 Silver (EU) Honduras 569 115 Y
78 Silver (EU) Ukraine 567 124 N
79 Silver (EU) Guatemala 567 114 Y
80 Silver (EU) Seychelles 566 130 Y
81 Silver (EU) Antigua and Barbuda 563 125 Y
82 Silver (EU) Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 562 125 Y
83 Silver (EU) Serbia 561 114 Y
84 Silver (EU) Colombia 557 105 Y
85 Silver (EU) Dominica 556 115 Y
86 Silver (EU) Saint Lucia 556 121 Y
87 Silver (EU) Bosnia and Herzegovina 556 102 Y
88 Silver (EU) Moldova 556 108 Y
89 Silver (EU) Nicaragua 555 106 Y
90 Silver (EU) Montenegro 549 108 Y
91 Silver (EU) Mauritius 547 108 Y
92 Silver (EU) Samoa 544 113 Y
93 Silver (EU) Albania 544 97 Y
94 Silver (EU) Macedonia 543 111 Y
95 Silver (EU) Solomon Islands 542 116 N*
96 Silver (EU) Vanuatu 541 117 Y
97 Silver (EU) Georgia 540 105 N
98 Silver (EU) Tonga 539 109 Y
99 Silver (EU) Tuvalu 535 114 Y
100 Silver (EU) Kiribati 535 109 N
101 Silver (EU) Timor-Leste 518 84 Y
102 Russia 369 109 Y
103 Oman 359 74 N
104 Turkey 359 107 Y
105 Kuwait 349 89 N
106 Bronze (UK) Belize 297 86 Y
107 Qatar 290 84 N
108 China 290 66 N
109 Bahrain 289 77 N
110 Belarus 288 73 Y
111 Saudi Arabia 281 70 N
112 Thailand 272 75 N
113 Ecuador 270 81 Y
114 Jamaica 268 80 Y
114 Bronze (UK) Maldives 264 77 Y
116 South Africa 260 92 Y*
117 Fiji 252 82 Y
118 Bronze (UK) Papua New Guinea 240 71 N
119 Armenia 238 61 Y
120 Bolivia 235 71 Y
121 Tajikistan 234 58 N
122 Guyana 233 78 N
123 Kazakhstan 231 73 N
124 Bronze (UK) Nauru 227 73 Y
125 Bronze (UK) Botswana 226 70 N
126 Kyrgyzstan 226 62 Y
127 Mongolia 225 56 N
128 Azerbaijan 225 66 N*
129 Dominican Republic 225 65 Y
130 Bronze (UK) Namibia 222 66 Y/N*
131 Morocco 221 60 Y
132 Tunisia 218 63 Y
133 Jordan 215 48 Y
134 Lebanon 209 42 Y
135 Uzbekistan 208 57 N
136 Suriname 206 70 N
137 Indonesia 204 67 N
138 Haiti 189 53 Y
139 Philippines 186 63 Y
140 Bhutan 183 53 Y
141 Egypt 182 48 Y
142 India 180 55 N*
143 Lesotho 176 68 Y
144 Kosovo 175 44 Y
145 Laos 172 47 N
146 Zambia 169 64 Y
147 Swaziland 169 67 N
148 Tanzania 167 66 N
149 Vietnam 166 49 Y/N*
150 Cape Verde 165 62 Y
151 Zimbabwe 163 61 Y
152 Cuba 163 60 n
153 Bronze (UK) Malawi 162 65 N
154 Algeria 159 49 Y
155 Kenya 157 65 Y
156 Turkmenistan 156 53 Y
157 Nepal 154 39 N
158 Iran 149 40 Y
159 Gambia 146 66 N
160 Mali 143 52 Y
161 Senegal 143 54 Y
162 Guinea 142 52 N
163 Cambodia 139 50 N*
164 Benin 138 57 Y
165 Myanmar 136 44 N
166 Uganda 135 64 Y
167 Sao Tome 135 54 Y
168 Gabon 133 52 N
169 Ivory Coast 132 54 y
170 Sierra Leone 131 59 Y
171 Ghana 129 58 Y
172 Togo 129 55 Y
173 Liberia 128 46 N
174 Burkina Faso 128 55 Y
175 Niger 127 50 N
176 Angola 123 47 Y
177 Madagascar 123 52 N
178 Comoros 122 48 Y
179 Sudan 121 37 Y
180 Syria 120 29 Y
181 Mauritania 120 55 N
182 Guinea-Bissau 119 50 N
183 Mozambique 118 51 N
184 Rwanda 115 53 Y
185 Yemen 113 35 Y
186 Chad 111 49 Y
187 North Korea 108 40 N
188 South Sudan 108 39 Y
189 Libya 106 37 Y
190 Republic of the Congo 104 45 N
191 Equatorial Guinea 102 45 N
192 Sri Lanka 99 38 Y
193 Burundi 98 46 Y
194 Democratic Republic of the Congo 97 41 N
195 Palestine 96 38 Y
196 Central African Republic 95 46 Y
197 Ethiopia 94 40 N
198 Djibouti 94 43 N
199 Nigeria 93 41 Y
200 Bangladesh 87 38 Y
201 Cameroon 81 43 N
202 Eritrea 81 37 N*
203 Pakistan 77 30 Y*
204 Iraq 76 27 Y
205 Somalia 75 29 Y
206 Afghanistan 56 26 N

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