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As of 2022, Japan has the most powerful passport in the world, with its citizens able to visit 193 countries without a prior visa according to the Henley Passport Index.

Even though the United States is a little further down the list, coming in at 7th place, it still yields considerable power, enabling citizens to enter 186 countries without major restrictions. It’s a level of freedom also enjoyed by passport holders in Belgium, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland. The Afghan passport wields the least power of the ranking, with just 27 destinations allowing visa-free visits. The situation in Iraq and Syria isn’t much better, at 29 and 30 destinations, respectively.

Citizens of the land of the other Dear Leader can visit 40 countries without a visa, although we expect very few are given a passport.

Although NZ passport holders are exempt from visa needs for the USA, it does have an online ESTA scheme for visa-waiver visitors which is effectively a visa by another name.