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Canadians now possess one of the world’s top five most powerful passports.
What exactly makes a passport powerful?
Passport Index ranks passports from across the world on their total visa-free score, meaning how much global mobility the passport holder has.
The ranking scores are based on how many countries will give visa-free access to the passport holder.
Citizens of a country such as top-rated Germany, with positive diplomatic relations around the world, are able to travel visa-free to 161 countries worldwide. Whereas citizens of a country like the worst-rated Afghanistan can enter only 26 countries without undergoing a vetting process to obtain a visa.
Canada now sits fourth in the ranking, moving up from its sixth-place ranking in 2016 and 2015.
Sitting with Canada are Switzerland, South Korea, Japan, Ireland, and the United States with a VFS (visa-free score) of 158, Canada’s highest visa-free score to date.
Happy travels out there Canadians!