Japan passport most powerful, UAE emerges as ‘pandemic’ winner

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The Henley Passport Index has recently released the list of the World’s Most Powerful Passports for the year 2022, where it has ranked all the world’s 199 passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.

This year’s passport rankings 2022 reveal that Japan has bagged the top spot among 199 countries, while India remains ranked at the 87th spot. Meanwhile, Pakistan reportedly has the fourth worst passport in the world, according to Henley. The ranking is based on data from the International Air Transport Association, which maintains the world’s largest database of travel information, and it is enhanced by extensive, ongoing research by the Henley & Partners Research Department.

According to the rankings, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea have the strongest passports in the entire world, with access to most countries. The Japanese passport provides hassle-free entry to 193 countries, while Singapore and South Korea both provide entry to 192 countries.

World’s most powerful passports 2022: Top 10 countries

Japan

Singapore

South Korea

Germany

Spain

Finland

Italy

Luxemburg

Austria

Denmark

Among other top-ranked countries are mostly European nations, the US, and the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, Afghan passport holders just have access to 27 countries while the Iraqi passport can provide entry to 29 countries.

The UAE passport has been ranked as the 15th most powerful in the world with a visa-free or visa-on-arrival score of 176, according to the latest ranking released by Henley & Partners, a global investment migration consultancy. Declaring the UAE a pandemic winner, the research report said the UAE has made unprecedented achievements as it emerged as the biggest gainer on the index.

Among other countries from Asia, India, along with Mauritius and Tajikistan, has been ranked 87th, with its passport providing access to 67 countries. Pakistan has one of the least powerful passports in the world, ranked only above Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

China ties with Bolivia for the 69th spot, with each of their passports allowing access to 80 destinations. As for Bangladesh, it occupies the 104th position – five spots higher than Pakistan – with its passport holders having access to 41 countries.

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