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Italy Has Europe's Strongest Passport, Making Travel Easy for Its Residents

Not Germany's or Finland's, but Italy's passport is the most powerful in Europe and the third most powerful in the world, trailing only Singapore and Japan.

Possessing an Italian passport in 2023 implies being able to travel almost effortlessly to the majority of the world's countries, particularly the world's top travel destinations, and even with fewer problems than with any other European Union passport.

According to VisaGuide, a new Passport Index has been produced.

Italy has scored 88.28 points in the index, out of 100, according to World, which is the first to rank world passports in a more comprehensive and accurate manner, based on a carefully-built formula that takes more factors into account, while the first two, Singapore and Japan, have scored 90.28 and 90.01 points, respectively.

45 countries allow Italians to enter with just an ID.

It has also been disclosed that inhabitants of Italy can enter 45 countries with simply a valid ID card, no visa, and no passport.

The 27 Schengen Area nations are featured, as well as the four non-Schengen EU Member States (Ireland, Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Romania), European microstates (Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican City), and the following third countries:

  1. Albania

  2. Egypt

  3. Georgia

  4. Gibraltar

  5. Kosovo

  6. Moldova

  7. Montenegro

  8. North Macedonia

  9. Serbia

  10. Tunisia

  11. Türkiye

Only three other countries' citizens have access to more countries with just an ID: Germany (51), Poland (50), and France (49), while Hungarian people have access to an identical number of countries as Italians (45).

Only 28 countries require a traditional visa for Italians to enter. 100 Visa-Free Days

Only 28 nations require Italians to obtain a traditional visa in order to enter their territory, including Japan, Yemen, Nigeria, North Korea, Cuba, Ghana, and others.

On the other hand, Italians can travel visa-free to over 100 countries worldwide, including the United Kingdom, Barbados, Hong Kong, Israel, Indonesia, and Morocco, in addition to the EU and Schengen Area countries.

To travel to American Samoa, Australia, Canada, Guam, New Zealand, the Northern Mariana Islands, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Sri Lanka, the United States Virgin Islands, and the United States, Italians must apply for an online travel permission (11 countries).

An e-visa is required for the remaining eight, and visa-on-arrival travel is allowed to a total of 35 global nations.

Aside from Italy, what are Europe's most powerful passports?

Italy, Finland, and Germany are among the top five most powerful passports in Europe, with European passports accounting for the next 14 positions, with only South Korea interrupting the list on the 11th spot.

Following Italy, the following European passports rank and score among the world's top ten strongest passports:

  1. Finland with a score of 88.18

  2. Germany – 88.17

  3. Spain – 88.12

  4. Denmark – 87.89

  5. Luxembourg – 87.86

  6. Austria – 87.82

  7. Sweden – 87.65


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