According to the latest Passport Power Index, Japan has the highest-ranking passport in the world with visa-free access to 191 countries. Japan is closely followed by Singapore, South Korea and Germany. Unfortunately none of those countries offer Citizenship by Investment programmes however there are several European countries in the Top 10 that do and several Caribbean countries that offer attractive and affordable options with a great deal of visa free access.

Spain (5th), Portugal (7th), Ireland (7th), Greece (8th) and Malta (9th) were all highly ranked among the worlds strongest passports, with visa-free access to more than 183 countries globally. This is encouraging news for Golden Visa investors considering these European programmes. The various Caribbean countries offering Citizenship by Investment also scored fairly high on the scale. St KittsAnitguaSt LuciaGrenada and Dominica were all placed reasonably high spanning 27th -37th place with visa-free access to between 139 and 154 countries.

The countries with the lowest-ranked passports on the list were Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan with visa-free travel to less than 32 countries. We see great demand from investors in these countries (amongst many others) due to their unfortunate lack of global mobility. If you are facing travel restrictions and would like to increase your passport strength by investing, please contact one of our specialist consultants.