A Canadian passport is among the most powerful such documents in the entire world, reveals the ranking on Passport Index.
The real-time global ranking of passports website rates a passport as more powerful when it affords those who hold it the ability to travel without a visa to many countries.
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By that measure, Canadian passports are ranked in the fifth group of countries, along with the United Kingdom, France, Malta, the Czech Republic, Greece, Poland, Hungary, and the United States.
Canadian Passport Holders Can Visit 97 Countries Visa-Free
Holders of a Canadian passport can travel visa-free to 97 countries and to another 45 that only require a visa upon arrival.
The high marks given to Canadian passports by the ranking service is echoed by the latest quarterly report by Henley & Partners, a London-based global firm that provides citizenship and residency services.
It placed Canada into its eighth of 26 groups of the most powerful visas in the world, a list representing 116 countries. According to Henley & Partners, Canada had a visa-free score of 184 in the fourth quarter of this year.
Which Are The World’s Most Powerful Passports?
- Japan and Singapore (192)
- Germany, South Korea (190)
- Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain (189)
- Austria and Denmark (188)
- France, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden (187)
- Belgium, New Zealand, and Switzerland (186)
- Czech Republic, Greece, Malta, Norway, United Kingdom and the United States (185)
- Australia and Canada (185)
- Hungary (183)
- Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia (182)
The so-called power of a country’s passport is indicative of its standing among the largest and most developed nations in the world.
Canadian Passport Regularly Ranked Among the Most Powerful in the World
Canada regularly features among the countries with the world’s most powerful passports. Visa-free access is seen as a measurement of the freedom of citizens of a certain country.
When flying into Canada, holders of visa-exempt passports are required to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization in advance of their travel. It costs $7 CAD and can be obtained online.
With almost one in 20 Canadians holding more than one passport, dual citizenship is clearly very common in Canada – but it’s perhaps not as well understood as it should be.
Although there is no certificate or official recognition of dual citizenship by the Canadian government, foreign nationals from 49 countries can also become Canadian citizens and retain their citizenship in their home countries.
Hanging onto one’s original citizenship can be a real asset in many cases, including travelling. When a Canadian also has citizenship in the other country to which he or she is travelling, the need to get a visitor’s visa disappears. So, too, do the fees that come with getting that visa.
Dual Citizenship Comes With Perks and Obligations Too
A Canadian with dual citizenship can visit his or her other country without spending weeks or months trying to get a visa.
It’s a nice perk.
One thing to note, though, is that even dual Canadian citizens need to present their Canadian passports when they board a flight to Canada. The only exception to that rule is U.S.-Canada dual citizenship.
Dual citizens also have a legal obligation to obey all laws with regards to military service, providing for the public education system, and paying taxes. Being a citizen of more than one country can also be a problem for those who want to work for the government of either country in a capacity that requires a high-level security clearance.