Special Report

Countries With the Most Valuable Passports in 2021

27. Latvia — tied 25th
> Visa-free travel permitted to: 182 countries
> Dual citizenship: Allowed with restrictions
> Annual int’l departures: 2.4 million (1.2 per person)
> GDP per capita: $17,829
> Population: 1,912,789

The citizens of Latvia, a small country in northeastern Europe, have one of the most valuable passports in the world. Since it restored its independence from the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, the country has been generally perceived favorably by citizens of other countries. Latvians today enjoy a high degree of freedom — with a relatively free press and limited government surveillance.

As is the case with citizens of many European countries, Latvians travel abroad regularly. They made a total of 2.2 million international departures from the country annually, equal to 1.2 trips abroad for every resident.

26. Spain — tied 25th
> Visa-free travel permitted to: 190 countries
> Dual citizenship: Allowed with restrictions
> Annual int’l departures: 22.8 million (0.5 per person)
> GDP per capita: $29,600
> Population: 47,076,781

Spanish passport holders are permitted to travel to 190 countries without a visa. Only four countries, and just one other European country, Germany, have visa-free access to more places.

As a member of the European Union, Spain grants its citizens unfettered access to travel, work, study, and live in much of the rest of the continent.

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25. Liechtenstein — tied 25th
> Visa-free travel permitted to: 179 countries
> Dual citizenship: Freely allowed
> Annual int’l departures: N/A
> GDP per capita: $181,403
> Population: 38,019

Liechtenstein is a principality with less than 40,000 citizens, located between Switzerland and Austria. Residents benefit from a high degree of personal freedom and privacy and virtually unrestricted access to dual citizenship.

A passport from Liechtenstein allows for visa-free access to 179 countries around the world.

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24. Slovakia — tied 23rd
> Visa-free travel permitted to: 183 countries
> Dual citizenship: Usually allowed
> Annual int’l departures: 5.2 million (1.0 per person)
> GDP per capita: $19,266
> Population: 5,454,073

A relatively young country, born in 1993 with the breakup of Czechoslovakia, the central-European country of Slovakia has one of the most powerful passports in the world. Residents of the EU member state have visa-free access to 183 countries around the world.

Foreign nations also tend to have generally favorable views of Slovakians, making them less likely to be subject to scrutiny when traveling abroad. Slovakians make a total of about 5.5 million international departures annually, or about one per person.

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23. Canada — tied 23rd
> Visa-free travel permitted to: 185 countries
> Dual citizenship: Freely allowed
> Annual int’l departures: 37.8 million (1.0 per person)
> GDP per capita: $46,195
> Population: 37,589,262

Canada is the only country in North America to rank on this list. When travelling abroad, Canadians are generally well-perceived by those of other nationalities. The Canadian government also grants its people dual citizenship far easier than most other countries, including the United States.

Canadian passport holders can travel to 185 countries without a visa, more than any other country in North America except the United States, where passport holders are allowed visa-free entrance to 187 countries.