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Prepared by Samuel Francis Gills; Shreeya A Pal; Edited by Veronica Laurent on January 31, 2022

A report from Henley & Partners released on January 11th ranks Canada’s passport as the 7th most powerful passport in the world.  Canadian Passport holders can now travel to 185 countries including 48 that require a visa only upon arrival.

What makes a passport powerful?

A strong passport is one that entitles the holder to all consular services in times of need from as many nations as feasible. The passports are ranked based on a ” visa-free score,” which provides a point to each nation that passport holders can visit without a visa, with a visa on arrival, or by receiving Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA).

A passport can be rated better or worse based on the range of visa-free travels it allows its holder. A passport that gives its holder access to more countries is more powerful and hence more desirable. In this regard, the Canadian Passport has been rising in ranks.

About the Henley Passport Index:

The Henley Passport Index is the first and most authoritative ranking of all passports in the world, based on the number of countries to which their holders can travel without a visa. According to the press release, the index “is enhanced by a significant, continuous study by the Henley & Partners Research Department” and uses official data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The Henley Passport Index which is published every quarter compares 199 passports for 227 travel locations. Ranks are assigned to the top 111 passports that represent global mobility.

 

Here are the names of the 185 countries that are Visa-free for Canadian Passport holders:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan,

Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bonaire; St. Eustatius and Saba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi,

Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde Islands, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros Islands, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Congo (Rep.), Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Croatia, Cuba, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic,

Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, French West Indies, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guam, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana,

Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg,

Macao (SAR China), Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar,

Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, North Korea, North Macedonia, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau Islands, Palestinian Territory, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico,

Qatar, Reunion, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Helena, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, US Virgin Islands, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

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