London-based global citizenship and residency advisory firm Henley & Partners has released the Henley Passport Index for the year 2022 based on exclusive data provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). According to the latest report, even as the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, Japan and Singapore top the list of the world’s most powerful passports for the year 2022. Both these countries have a visa-free score of 192.
Afghanistan (rank 111) and Iraq (rank 110) remained in the ‘worst passport to hold’ category, with visa-free scores of 26 and 28, respectively. According to the report, Japanese citizens can travel to visa-free or visa-on-arrival access destinations in 192 countries around the world. Singapore ranks first (with a score of 192) and South Korea, along with Germany, is in second place (with a score of 190).
Countries like Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain rank third in terms of the world’s most powerful passport with a visa-free score of 189. At the same time, India has improved its rank and has moved up from the earlier 90th to 83rd position in the Most Powerful Passports Report with a visa-free score of 60 currently. The United States and the United Kingdom have recorded a jump of one place in the rankings and are now ranked sixth.
World’s best passports in 2022
1. Japan, Singapore
2. Germany, South Korea
3. Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain
4. Austria, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Sweden
5. Ireland, Portugal
World’s worst passports in 2022
104. North Korea
105. Nepal and the Palestinian Territories
first published:Jan. 12, 2022, 5:56 p.m.