THE 2017 STC PASSPORT INDEX
 

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StarsCountryScoreFirst WorldBRICDual AllowedNote
8.5South Korea726599US, UK, EU, CA, AUBRcY/N*Footnote*
8.5Japan702295US, UK, EU, CA, AUrICNFootnote*
8.5Singapore697249US, UK, EU, CA, AUBrCN
8.5San Marino655902US, UK, EU, CA, AUBCN
8Hungary805476US, UK, EU, CA, AUBRY
8New Zealand685440US, UK, EU, CA, AUBrcYFootnote*
8Brunei645025US, UK, EU, CA, AUrCNFootnote*
8Bahamas642685US, UK, EU, CABCY
7.5Germany814954US, UK, EU, CA, AUBY*Footnote*
7.5Denmark814954US, UK, EU, CA, AUBY
7.5France814019US, UK, EU, CA, AUBY
7.5Finland813761US, UK, EU, CA, AUBY
7.5Italy813266US, UK, EU, CA, AUBY
7.5Spain813188US, UK, EU, CA, AUBY/N*Footnote*
7.5Norway812448US, UK, EU, CA, AUBN*Footnote*
7.5Netherlands811966US, UK, EU, CA, AUBN*Footnote*
7.5Luxembourg809603US, UK, EU, CA, AUBY
7.5Austria809426US, UK, EU, CA, AUBY/N*Footnote*
7.5Greece807373US, UK, EU, CA, AUBY
7.5Ireland807168US, UK, EU, CA, AUBY
7.5Belgium806505US, UK, EU, CA, AUBY
7.5Sweden805188US, UK, EU, CA, AUBY
7.5Czech Republic804957US, UK, EU, CA, AUBN
7.5Slovakia803464US, UK, EU, CA, AUBN
7.5Switzerland802102US, UK, EU, CA, AUBY
7.5Portugal800797US, UK, EU, CA, AUBY
7.5Slovenia800579US, UK, EU, CA, AUBY/N*Footnote*
7.5Malta800001US, UK, EU, CA, AUBY
7.5Liechtenstein799812US, UK, EU, CA, AUBY/N*Footnote*
7.5Estonia795933US, UK, EU, CA, AUBN
7.5Lithuania793339US, UK, EU, CA, AUBN*Footnote*
7.5Latvia785339US, UK, EU, CA, AUBY*Footnote*
7.5Iceland781703US, UK, EU, CA, AUBY
7.5Poland757728US, UK, EU, CA, AUBY
7.5Chile691075US, UK, EU, CA BRY
7.5Australia680007US, UK, EU, CA, AUrcYFootnote*
7.5Monaco624500US, UK, EU, CA, AUBN
7.5Andorra619563US, UK, EU, CA, AUBY
7.5Taiwan518913US, UK, EU, CA, AUrcY/N*Footnote*
7.5United Kingdom826514US, UK, EU, CA, AUBY
7Canada711028US, UK, EU, CA, AUY
7United States709340US, UK, EU, CA, AUY
7Hong Kong642036UK, EU, CA, AUBRcNFootnote*
7Cayman Islands535653US, UK, EU, CABY
7Bermuda530975US, UK, EU, CABY
7British Virgin Islands529025US, UK, EU, CABY
7Turks and Caicos Islands520085US, UK, EU, CABY
6Seychelles574680UK, EUBRCY
6Micronesia544454US, UK, EUN
6Vatican 528170UK, EU, CA, AUBY
6Palau 492280US, UK, EUY
6Marshall Islands483343US, UK, EUN
5.5Croatia738138UK, EU, CA, AUBY
5.5Cyprus735344UK, EU, CA, AUBY
5.5Malaysia632091UK, EU, AUBrcY/N*Footnote*
5.5Mexico624153.53040609UK, EU, CABrcYFootnote*
5.5Israel606825UK, EU, CABRY
5.5Macau594113UK, EUBRcNFootnote*
5.5Mauritius583678UK, EURCY
5.5Grenada557578UK, EUBCY
5Romania732515UK, EU, AUBY
5Bulgaria729445UK, EU, AUBY
5Argentina627520UK, EUBRY
5Uruguay589861UK, EUBRY
5Brazil574733UK, EUBRY
5Paraguay561591UK, EUBRY
5Panama557857UK, EUBRY/N*Footnote*
5Barbados529271UK, EU, CABY
5Anguilla528169UK, EU, CABY
5Guatemala527962UK, EUBRY
5Montserrat527023UK, EU, CABY
5El Salvador513173UK, EUBRY
5Saint Helena510280UK, EU, CABY
5Samoa498062UK, EU, CARY
5Tonga480568UK, EUCY
4.5Peru580086EUBRcYFootnote*
4.5Trinidad and Tobago559058UK, EUBY
4.5Costa Rica549729UK, EUBY
4.5Honduras539450UK, EUBY
4.5Antigua and Barbuda539121UK, EUBY
4.5Saint Kitts and Nevis534543UK, EUBY
4.5Pitcairn Islands527749UK, EU, CAY
4.5Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 520388UK, EUBY
4.5Dominica519882UK, EUBY
4.5Nicaragua492934UK, EURY
4.5Vanuatu486970UK, EURY
4.5Solomon Islands475202UK, EU, CA N*Footnote*
4Gibraltar562975EU, CABY
4Venezuela535997EUBRY
4Serbia526103EUBRY
4Colombia513974EUBRY
4Macedonia512695EUBRN
4Bosnia and Herzegovina498789EUBRY
4Moldova489490EUBRY
4Montenegro482646EUBRN
4Kiribati479061UK, EUN
4Saint Lucia477847UK, EUY
4East Timor442108UK, EUY
3.5Albania473562EUBY
3United Arab Emirates326678EUN
2.5Papua New Guinea124035UK, CArcNFootnote*
2Ecuador162604BRCY
1.5Russia208279BRcYFootnote*
1.5Belize176771UKBY
1.5Maldives155186UKIY
1.5Fiji149079RCY
1.5Thailand 137095BRcYFootnote*
1.5Nauru133582UKRY
1.5Namibia116306UKBY/N*Footnote*
1.5Philippines96628BRcYFootnote*
1Ukraine198496BRN
1Kazakhstan150789BRN
1Tuvalu147047UKY
1Guyana142233BRN
1Mongolia126668BRN
1Bolivia125663BRY
1Belarus123748BRY
1Armenia112755BRY
1China111974rCNFootnote*
1Botswana105358UKN
1Jordan89165CY
0.5Turkey214881BY
0.5South Africa158196BY*Footnote*
0.5Jamaica144509BY
0.5Indonesia136522rcNFootnote*
0.5Suriname122700BN
0.5Kyrgyzstan114657RY
0.5Tunisia114355BY
0.5Morocco113595BY
0.5Uzbekistan111070RN
0.5Azerbaijan108706RN*Footnote*
0.5Georgia105410BN
0.5Tajikistan 96958RY
0.5Cuba75119Rn
0.5Vietnam71624rcY/N*Footnote*
0.5India66705IN*Footnote*
0.5Bhutan63884IY
0.5Nepal38477IN
0Qatar202579N
0Kuwait199521N
0Oman189988N
0Bahrain165974N
0Saudi Arabia157490N
0Dominican Republic97868Y
0Lesotho92940Y
0Haiti82079Y
0Tanzania80121N
0Egypt78948Y
0Madagascar70542N
0Zambia70449Y
0Kenya68738Y
0Comoros65942Y
0Guinea65830N
0Uganda64967Y
0Mali62809Y
0Cambodia61512N*Footnote*
0Algeria61193Y
0Zimbabwe59553Y
0Turkmenistan58187Y
0Benin57824Y
0Lebanon57741Y
0Laos57265N
0Malawi56800N
0Gambia54960N
0Gabon54356N
0Iran51472Y
0Liberia50607N
0Rwanda50559Y
0Kosovo45874Y
0Guinea-Bissau45653N
0Mauritania43838N
0Myanmar41124N
0Mozambique38495N
0Chad38491Y
0Ivory Coast37462y
0Burkina Faso36945Y
0Sierra Leone36025Y
0Angola34349Y
0North Korea33813N
0Ghana33463Y
0Ethiopia33215N
0Palestine31114Y
0Yemen30655Y
0Burundi30247Y
0Congo28088N
0Sri Lanka 26740Y
0Sudan26063Y
0Central African Republic24582Y
0Cameroon23631N
0Syria22687Y
0Senegal22565Y
0Eritrea21828N*Footnote*
0Niger21820N
0Cape Verde20272Y
0Bangladesh19477Y
0Iraq19330Y
0South Sudan18417Y
0Democratic Republic of the Congo16809N
0Somalia16302Y
0Nigeria15032Y
0Pakistan10547Y*Footnote*
0Libya7656Y
0Afghanistan4179Y*Footnote*

Passport Footnote

CountryNote
Afghanistande facto
AustraliaTravel to Russia & China via APEC Card
Austriaallowed to those acquiring another nationality by birth, naturalized citizen who are unable to renounce their previous nationality and by permission of the government
Azerbaijanallowed only presidential grant for special interest
BruneiTravel to Russia via APEC Card
CambodiaA Cambodian wife of a foreign national is permitted to retain her Cambodian citizenship
ChinaTravel to Russia via APEC Card
EritreaSpecial arrangements may be made for Eritrean citizens by birth who wish to retain a foreign citizenship they have since acquired.
GermanyAllowed in some cases. You need to apply to the government in order to keep your previous or German citizenship.
Hong KongTravel to China via MTP card
Indiaexcept those who acquire a other citizenship by birth
IndonesiaTravel to Russia & China via APEC Card
JapanTravel to Russia via APEC Card
LatviaDual accept if for special interest or with EU, EFTA, NATO, Australia, NZ, Brazil, child of citizen of Latvia make decision at 25y
LiechtensteinNot allowed if you want to acquire the citizenship of Liechtenstein
LithuaniaAllowed in limited circumstances, but now from normal circumstances
MacauTravel to China via MTP card
MalaysiaTravel to Russia & China via APEC Card. Acquisitions of new nationality not allowed
MexicoTravel to Russia & China via APEC Card
NamibiaAllowed only to citizen by birth or descent.
NetherlandsNo dual but with some exception ex: You will lose certain rights when giving up your current nationality leading to serious financial losses, for example with respect to laws of succession. You must be able to demonstrate this.
New ZealandTravel to Russia & China via APEC Card
NorwayNo dual, but no need to renounce if its automatically lost like China or if you need to fly to a country at war for renunciation, if you losing property, inheritance or rights
PakistanAllowed with Australia, Belgium, Canada, Egypt, France, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
PanamaPanamanians are allowed dual citizenship, naturalized foreigners must renounce their previous citizenship.
Papua New GuineaTravel to Russia & China via APEC Card
PeruTravel to China via APEC Card
PhilippinesTravel to China via APEC Card
RussiaTravel to China via APEC Card
SloveniaNaturalized foreigners must forfeit their previous citizenship
Solomon IslandsTo be voted on in 2017
South AfricaCitizens must apply for permission to the government
South KoreaTravel to China via APEC Card. Dual allowed to Immigrant Investors
SpainCitizens must apply to the government in order to be permitted dual citizenship except for Ibero-American countries. Foreigners must orally declare that they renounce their former nationality, except for nationals of Ibero-American countries, Andorra, the Philippines, Equatorial Guinea and Portugal. Some country don’t recognize the loss.
TaiwanTravel to Russia & China via APEC Card. Foreign nationals must forfeit their previous citizenship
Thailand Travel to China via APEC Card
VietnamTravel to Russia & China via APEC Card. Foreigners via parents or marriage can keep their previous citizenship, so do those who make a special contribution to Vietnam.

The 2017 STC Passport Index ranks over 190 passports for the third year running. Unlike other rankings that only calculate the number of visa-frees destinations, we weight each destination by its popularity by international touristic arrival and the amount of time you are allowed to stay. This means that visa-free travel to France and visa-free travel to Palau do not equate to the same thing, and that permission to stay one week in a country is not the same as three months. Furthermore, our metric is not visa-free travel, but “same-day” travel, which includes visa-free, visa-on-arrival and electronic visas that take less than 24 hours to process.

We provide our ranking with two measuring sticks. The first is the score that is measured based on the number of same-day travel destinations weighted on their annual tourist arrivals and duration of stay. The second one is the star rating that gives a more precise value to key destinations in the first world and BRIC nations. The first-world countries are defined as Europe, the UK, the U.S., Canada and Australia, and the BRIC as Brazil, Russia, India and China. Our passport ranking will tell you exactly which countries’ passports enable same-day travel to any of those destinations. Non-capitalized letter means that other ways to access those countries exist, either with an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation travel-card or by a Mainland Travel Permit card (Mainland China). Furthermore, we state the possibility of dual citizenship for all the countries.

The data has been collected in fall 2016. Data includes changes to take affect at the start of 2017, but not those taking effect later during the year.

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

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

Same-day Travel

Same-day travel includes all destination accessible by visa-free travel, visa-on-arrival and electronic visas with a delivery time below 24h.

Star-rating

Stars were attributed in relation to same-day travel to First World and BRIC countries.

Europe (EU): 3 stars
Canada (CA): 0.5 star
United States (US): 2 stars
United Kingdom (UK): 1 star
Australia (AU) :0.5 star
Brazil (B) :0.5 star
India (I): 0.5 star
Russia (R): 0.5 star
China (C): 1.5 star
China via APEC card (c): 0.5 star
China via MTP (c): 0.5 star

Score Points

Score points are a result of the ability to travel the same day to a given territory relative to its importance as a destination and the amount of time one is allowed to stay. The importance is based on the number of annual travelers to a given country compiled annually by UNWTO and the amount of time a traveler is allowed to stay in the jurisdiction. Same day includes visa-free travel, visa upon arrival, or same day visa. Online visa, is not deemed fast enough if it takes more than 24hours to receive.

Dual Citizenship

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

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.