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Joint 10th: Malta

Malta. Territories citizens can visit without a visa: 167. (Pic: Pixabay)

The 10 most powerful passports in the world in 2017

Andy Wells

With visa-free access to 173 countries, Brits have one of the most powerful passports in the world in 2017.

But while the UK ranks high on the annual travel freedom ranking, we are no longer in first place, after jointly holding the position from 2013-2015.

The rankings are based on how many countries a passport allows the holder to visit without the need for a visa.

So where does Britain rank in 2017 – and which country has the most powerful passport on the planet?