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Irish Passport Ranks 4th Most Powerful Passport In The World

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You may or may not have heard the term most powerful passport or perhaps someone has said, “Oh, I have the most powerful passport in the world”. All that it means is when we talk about the “power” of a passport, we usually refer to the number of countries the passport holder can enter without needing a visa or with a visa on arrival. Basically, the more freedom of travel in the world, the more powerful your passport is. 

Specific rankings and numbers can vary year to year based on global politics and other factors. It’s always a good idea to check the latest Henley Passport Index or similar rankings for the most current information.

But generally speaking, the Irish passport is right up there with the best of them, offering visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to many countries.

Why is the Irish passport so powerful?

The strength of the Irish passport can be attributed to a few factors:

  1. EU Membership: As a member of the European Union, Irish passport holders have the right to live, work, and travel freely within the other EU member states. This is a significant advantage, especially regarding work and study opportunities.
  2. Global Reputation: Ireland is known for its neutral foreign policy and good diplomatic relations worldwide. This has helped in establishing visa agreements with many countries.
  3. Brexit Factor: Post-Brexit, the Irish passport has gained additional attention. It allows for continued freedom of movement within the EU, a privilege that UK passport holders no longer enjoy as fully. This has led to a surge in passport applications from those eligible for Irish citizenship.
  4. Cultural and Historical Ties: Ireland’s diaspora is vast, with millions of people around the world claiming Irish ancestry. This cultural connection further enhances the value of the Irish passport.

Here’s the full top 10 list of the world’s most powerful passports for 2023, as per the Henley Passport Index:

most powerful passports in the world

  1. Singapore: Visa-free access to 192 countries.
  2. Germany, Italy, Spain: Visa-free access to 190 countries.
  3. Austria, Finland, France, Japan, Luxembourg, South Korea, Sweden: Visa-free access to 189 countries.
  4. Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands, United Kingdom: Visa-free access to 188 countries.
  5. Belgium, Czech Republic, Malta, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland: Visa-free access to 187 countries.
  6. Australia, Hungary, Poland: Visa-free access to 186 countries.
  7. Canada, Greece: Visa-free access to 185 countries.
  8. Lithuania, United States: Visa-free access to 184 countries.
  9. Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia: Visa-free access to 183 countries.
  10. Estonia, Iceland: Visa-free access to 182 countries​

The ranking reflects travel freedom.

You might be wondering what countries Irish passport holders cannot visit. 

You need a valid visa to enter the following 20 countries with an Irish passport:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Algeria
  3. Central African Republic
  4. Chad
  5. China
  6. Republic of the Congo
  7. Cuba
  8. Eritrea
  9. Ghana
  10. Liberia
  11. Libya
  12. Mali
  13. Nauru
  14. Niger
  15. North Korea
  16. Sudan
  17. Syria
  18. Turkmenistan
  19. Yemen
  20. Zimbabwe

What countries from that list have you been to? Comment below. 

Thanks for reading, and share the good news about your Irish passport with your fellow Irishman/Irishwoman. 

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