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RCG GLOBAL PASSPORT INDEX 2021

The RCG Global Passport Index ranks every country in the world based on the quality of their passport. The ranking weights the visa-free count (VFC) of each passport, the authorized length of stay in each destination, and their popularity. VFC refers to the number of countries that a passport enables the holder to enter visa-free or that provide a visa on arrival, visa on transit, or electronic visas with delivery in less than 24h. Over 200 countries & territories are reviewed in the annual ranking. The index also offers valuable information regarding the number of visa-free destinations, dual citizenship rules, and the estimated market value of the passport.

The RCG Global Passport Index is a free guide of the most powerful passports in the world. The index ranks the world’s passports according to the cross-border access they bring.

The RCG Global Passport Index tries to be the most insightful one available to Global Citizens. With the emergence of Citizenship by Investment programs, many countries have worked on boosting the number of visa-free destinations their passport offers. It’s important to differentiate ‘’high-value’’ destinations from ‘’low-value’’ destinations, and only the RCG Passport Index does that. When compiling the score of each country, we factor in the popularity of each destination by annual touristic arrivals. The purpose is to make sure ‘’high-value’’ destinations are fairly represented, so destinations like France are not given the same points as Palau. The length of authorized stay is also important and is a key factor in our Index. Being allowed to spend 6 months in a destination versus 7 days should not produce the same score.

Based on our research, that two regions are of primary importance when looking for a second passport are the European Union and the USA. Other destinations don’t carry the same weight for global travelers. Countries labeled Gold have a passport providing visa-free travel to both the US and the EU. Silver countries have a passport providing visa-free travel to the EU but not the US. Bronze countries have a passport that provides visa-free travel to the UK but not the EU or the US. Countries in Black do not provide visa-free travel to the US, EU, or the UK. Generally, countries with a visa waiver to the US have an additional 130 visa-free destinations. In practice, if your passport has a visa waiver to the US, it also offers visa-free travel to the European Union.

RankRatingCountryIndexVisa-free countValueDual
1Gold (US & EU)Ireland0.99186$568,000Y
2Gold (US & EU)Finland0.99190$558,000Y
3Gold (US & EU)Germany0.99191$558,000Y*
4Gold (US & EU)Sweden0.99189$558,000Y
5Gold (US & EU)Italy0.99190$558,000Y
6Gold (US & EU)Denmark0.99190$558,000Y
7Gold (US & EU)France0.98188$558,000Y
8Gold (US & EU)Switzerland0.98188$558,000Y
9Gold (US & EU)Luxembourg0.98189$558,000Y
10Gold (US & EU)Greece0.97187$558,000Y
11Gold (US & EU)Hungary0.97182$558,000Y
12Gold (US & EU)Spain0.97189$558,000Y/N*
13Gold (US & EU)Austria0.97187$558,000Y/N*
14Gold (US & EU)Czech Republic0.97185$558,000N
15Gold (US & EU)Norway0.97186$558,000N*
16Gold (US & EU)Belgium0.97187$558,000Y
17Gold (US & EU)Slovakia0.97183$558,000N
18Gold (US & EU)Netherlands0.97188$558,000N*
19Gold (US & EU)Estonia0.97182$558,000N
20Gold (US & EU)Slovenia0.96183$558,000Y/N*
21Gold (US & EU)Lithuania0.96183$558,000N*
22Gold (US & EU)Iceland0.96183$558,000Y
23Gold (US & EU)Liechtenstein0.96179$558,000Y/N*
24Gold (US & EU)Portugal0.96188$558,000Y
25Gold (US & EU)Malta0.96186$558,000Y
26Gold (US & EU)Latvia0.95182$557,000Y*
27Silver (EU)Bulgaria0.93172$478,000Y
28Gold (US & EU)Poland0.92176$558,000Y
29Silver (EU)Romania0.92173$475,000Y
30Silver (EU)Cyprus0.92177$456,000Y
31Gold (US & EU)Croatia0.91171$558,000Y
32Gold (US & EU)South Korea0.83188$243,000Y/N*
33Gold (US & EU)United Kingdom0.83187$248,000Y
34Gold (US & EU)United States0.83188$336,000Y
35Gold (US & EU)Canada0.82187$296,000Y
36Gold (US & EU)Chile0.81177$244,000Y
37Gold (US & EU)Japan0.81191$244,000N
38Gold (US & EU)Singapore0.8189$244,000N
39Gold (US & EU)San Marino0.78169$253,000N
40Gold (US & EU)New Zealand0.78183$238,000Y
41Silver (EU)Brazil0.78175$144,000Y
42Gold (US & EU)Australia0.78185$236,000Y
43Gold (US & EU)Monaco0.77176$238,000N
44Gold (US & EU)Andorra0.76169$241,000Y
45Silver (EU)United Arab Emirates0.76167$151,000N
46Silver (EU)Hong Kong0.75171$162,000N
47Silver (EU)Argentina0.74143$144,000Y
48Silver (EU)Malaysia0.74176$135,000Y/N*
49Gold (US & EU)Israel0.73160$241,000Y
50Silver (EU)Mexico0.73160$156,000Y
51Gold (US & EU)Bermuda0.73163$233,000Y
52Gold (US & EU)Turks and Caicos Islands0.72163$233,000Y
53Silver (EU)Uruguay0.72155$139,000Y
54Gold (US & EU)Bahamas0.72157$245,000N
55Gold (US & EU)Cayman Islands0.72161$233,000Y
56Gold (US & EU)British Virgin Islands0.71161$233,000Y
57Silver (EU)Barbados0.71159$145,000Y
58Silver (EU)Gibraltar0.71161$133,000Y
59Gold (US & EU)Brunei0.7165$246,000N
60Silver (EU)Anguilla0.69159$133,000Y
61Silver (EU)Paraguay0.69145$155,000Y
62Silver (EU)Saint Kitts and Nevis0.68153$141,000Y
63Silver (EU)Costa Rica0.68151$160,000Y
64Silver (EU)Macao0.68142$161,000N
65Gold (US & EU)Vatican City0.68151$235,000Y
66Silver (EU)Panama0.67143$161,000Y/N*
67Silver (EU)Trinidad and Tobago0.67150$135,000Y
68Silver (EU)Saint Vincent and the Grenadines0.66146$139,000Y
69Silver (EU)Seychelles0.66154$150,000Y
70Gold (US & EU)Taiwan0.65149$233,000Y/N*
71Silver (EU)Mauritius0.65148$153,000Y
72Silver (EU)Grenada0.65144$171,000Y
73Silver (EU)Antigua and Barbuda0.65148$139,000Y
74Silver (EU)Peru0.65137$141,000Y
75Silver (EU)Honduras0.65137$161,000Y
76Silver (EU)El Salvador0.64136$130,000Y
77Silver (EU)Serbia0.63132$170,000Y
78Silver (EU)Ukraine0.63130$141,000N
79Silver (EU)Guatemala0.63136$141,000Y
80Silver (EU)Venezuela0.62137$141,000Y
81Silver (EU)Saint Lucia0.62145$133,000Y
82Silver (EU)Dominica0.61137$139,000Y
83Gold (US & EU)Marshall Islands0.61126$330,000N
84Gold (US & EU)Palau0.6121$333,000Y
85Silver (EU)Bosnia and Herzegovina0.59118$177,000Y
86Silver (EU)Montenegro0.59124$161,000N
87Silver (EU)North Macedonia0.59127$161,000N
88Silver (EU)Colombia0.59126$161,000Y
89Silver (EU)Nicaragua0.58129$141,000Y
90Silver (EU)Moldova0.58122$161,000Y
91Gold (US & EU)Micronesia0.58122$330,000N
92Silver (EU)Vanuatu0.57133$130,000Y
93Silver (EU)Samoa0.57132$135,000Y
94Silver (EU)Solomon Islands0.57133$130,000N*
95Silver (EU)Georgia0.56116$155,000N
96Silver (EU)Tuvalu0.56129$133,000Y
97Silver (EU)Tonga0.56127$142,000Y
98Silver (EU)Albania0.55118$138,000Y
99Silver (EU)Kiribati0.55124$130,000N
100Silver (EU)Timor-Leste0.4797$133,000Y
101Russia0.4119$57,500Y
102Turkey0.35113$70,000Y
103Kuwait0.392$45,000N
104Ecuador0.2995$86,000Y
105Bronze (UK)Belize0.29102$55,000Y
106South Africa0.28101$49,000Y*
107Qatar0.2787$63,000N
108Jamaica0.2687$69,000Y
109Belarus0.2678$66,000Y
110Fiji0.2590$61,000Y
111Bahrain0.2479$63,000N
112Guyana0.2489$46,000N
113Thailand0.2477$67,000N
114Oman0.2375$63,000N
115Suriname0.2281$69,000N
116Bronze (UK)Maldives0.2286$59,000Y
117Bolivia0.2280$71,000Y
118Kazakhstan0.2277$71,000N
119Saudi Arabia0.2274$43,000N
120Bronze (UK)Nauru0.2188$53,000Y
121Bronze (UK)Papua New Guinea0.285$50,000N
122Armenia0.263$66,000Y
123Bronze (UK)Botswana0.283$53,000N
124Bronze (UK)Namibia0.278$50,000Y/N*
125Azerbaijan0.1968$71,000N*
126China0.1977$73,000N
127Indonesia0.1972$43,000N
128Dominican Republic0.1867$48,000Y
129Mongolia0.1863$47,000N
130Kyrgyzstan0.1865$71,000Y
131Lesotho0.1777$40,000Y
132Tunisia0.1770$65,000Y
133Swaziland0.1776$40,000N
134Philippines0.1666$60,000Y
135Uzbekistan0.1659$46,000N
136Bronze (UK)Malawi0.1675$50,000N
137Morocco0.1664$65,000Y
138Cape Verde0.1667$45,000Y
139Tajikistan0.1659$51,000N
140Zambia0.1671$40,000Y
141Kenya0.1574$40,000Y
142Gambia0.1572$40,000N
143Tanzania0.1572$40,000N
144Zimbabwe0.1467$40,000Y
145India0.1461$40,000N*
146Jordan0.1451$65,000Y
147Ghana0.1466$40,000Y
148Benin0.1463$40,000Y
149Cuba0.1365$46,000n
150Bhutan0.1356$40,000Y
151Uganda0.1369$40,000Y
152Guinea0.1357$40,000N
153Senegal0.1358$60,000Y
154Sierra Leone0.1365$40,000Y
155Mali0.1357$40,000Y
156Ivory Coast0.1259$40,000y
157Haiti0.1250$43,000Y
158Burkina Faso0.1260$40,000Y
159Laos0.1251$43,000N
160Sao Tome and Principe0.1260$40,000N
161Vietnam0.1251$40,000Y/N*
162Egypt0.1253$60,000Y
163Lebanon0.1243$45,000Y
164Niger0.1256$40,000N
165Gabon0.1258$40,000N
166Algeria0.1253$42,000Y
167Togo0.1158$60,000Y
168Turkmenistan0.1154$44,000Y
169Guinea-Bissau0.1156$40,000N
170Madagascar0.1157$40,000N
171Mozambique0.1159$40,000N
172Cambodia0.1153$60,000N*
173Mauritania0.1161$40,000N
174Comoros0.1156$40,000Y
175Angola0.1152$40,000Y
176Liberia0.149$60,000N
177Myanmar0.148$40,000N
178Rwanda0.157$40,000Y
179Chad0.0955$40,000Y
180Burundi0.0951$40,000Y
181Iran0.0942$45,000Y
182Equatorial Guinea0.0954$40,000N
183Nepal0.0840$40,000N
184Kosovo0.0843$65,000Y
185Central African Republic0.0852$40,000Y
186Congo0.0850$60,000N
187Nigeria0.0847$40,000Y
188Djibouti0.0847$40,000N
189South Sudan0.0843$40,000Y
190Sri Lanka0.0743$60,000Y
191Cameroon0.0749$40,000N
192Democratic Republic of the Congo0.0745$60,000N
193Ethiopia0.0744$60,000N
194Sudan0.0741$40,000Y
195Palestine0.0739$42,000Y
196Libya0.0740$42,000Y
197North Korea0.0741$40,000N
198Eritrea0.0642$40,000N*
199Bangladesh0.0641$60,000Y
200Syria0.0632$40,000Y
201Yemen0.0633$40,000Y
202Iraq0.0529$40,000Y
203Somalia0.0533$40,000Y
204Pakistan0.0532$60,000Y*
205Afghanistan0.0326$40,000N

METHODOLOGY

All the data were collected during the summer of 2020 and include changes scheduled for 2021. Temporary travel bans due to COVID-19 were not considered in our index. The information was taken either from IATA Timatic or/and from official government publications. There are sometimes discrepancies between the two that affect the accuracy of certain information.

As destinations, we have included in our list of countries all the nations recognized by the UN, as well as Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and Kosovo.

Visa-Free Count (VFC) includes all destinations accessible by:

The RCG Passport Index  factors in the VFC of a given territory along with its annual touristic arrivals and authorized length of stay.

The number of annual touristic arrivals per country is published annually by UNWTO.

Authorized 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.

Dual Citizenship evaluates the legality of holding multiple citizenships in that jurisdiction. Refer to the notes for a more detailed explanation.

Passport Label

GOLD

Visa-free travel to the US & EU

SILVER

Visa-free travel to the EU

BRONZE

Visa-free travel to the UK

Source

Visa Information was taken from the official government websites and Timatic.

The electronic visa delivery times were taken from each relevant official government website.

The annual number of tourist arrivals per country is published by the UNWTO. http://www.e-unwto.org/

Dual Citizenship information was sourced from each country’s laws related to nationality.

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