The Henley Passport Index ranks all the world’s passports according to the number of countries their holders can travel to, visa-free. Countries that top the list do not require their citizens to apply for a visa in advance to travel and usually have stronger diplomatic relations with other nations.

Without considering the current and evolving COVID-19 related restrictions, Japan and Singapore top the list of being the most powerful passports in the world. Citizens of the two Asian nations, Japanese and Singapore passport holders can now enjoy visa-free / visa-on-arrival access to a whopping 192 destinations around the world. Tying in at second are Germany and South Korea, with a visa-free score of 190 destinations. Spain, is now in third place with 189 destinations, tied with Italy, Luxembourg and Finland. The US and UK sit in the 6th place, with a visa-free / visa-on-arrival score of 186.

Afghanistan and Iraq currently sit at the bottom of the index, with visa-free access to just 26 and 28 countries respectively. Pakistan, Syria, Somalia, and Yemen were also listed in the bottom five.

India ranks 83rd in the most powerful passport report by Henley Passport Index, 2022

India has improved its position by climbing seven places from the 90th rank among 116 countries last year to rank at 83rd place among 111 countries in the latest Henley Passport Index, released for Q1 of 2022. The Indian passport now has visa-free access to 60 destinations worldwide in Q1 2022, as compared to 58 destinations in Q4 of 2021.

Oman and Armenia became the latest additions in its list of visa-free access. At present, Indian passport holders can travel to 60 destinations, around the world, without obtaining prior visa.

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The Henley Passport Index has been monitoring the world’s most travel-friendly passports since 2006 and is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) – the largest travel information database and further enhanced by Henley & Partners’ research team. Countries are ranked by how many other countries their holders can get into without a visa, or with only a visa upon arrival. The ranking list is updated quarterly and is considered the standard reference tool for all the countries, its sovereign states and citizens, for assessing passport ranking on the global mobility spectrum.

As quoted by Christian H. Kaelin, Chairman of Henley & Partners and the inventor of the passport index concept, “Passports and visas are among the most important instruments impacting on social inequality worldwide as they determine opportunities for global mobility. The borders within which we happen to be born, and the documents we are entitled to hold, are no less arbitrary than our skin color. Wealthier states need to encourage positive inward migration to help redistribute and rebalance human and material resources worldwide.”

The World’s Most Powerful Passports in 2022:

  1. Japan, Singapore – 192 destinations
  2. Germany, South Korea – 190 destinations
  3. Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain – 189 destinations
  4. The Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, France, Sweden – 188 destinations
  5. Ireland, Portugal – 187 destinations
  6. Belgium, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States – 186 destinations
  7. Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Greece, Malta – 185 destinations
  8. Poland, Hungary – 183 destinations
  9. Lithuania, Slovakia – 182 destinations
  10. Estonia, Latvia, Slovenia – 181 destinations

The World’s Least Powerful Passports in 2022:

104. North Korea – 39 destinations
105. Nepal and Palestinian territories – 37 destinations
106. Somalia – 34 destinations
107. Yemen – 33 destinations
108. Pakistan – 31 destinations
109. Syria – 29 destinations
110. Iraq – 28 destinations
111. Afghanistan – 26 destinations

You can view the complete Henley Passport Index ranking list here.

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