Pakistan’s passport ranked world’s fourth worst
World’s most powerful passports ranked with Japan and Singapore once again top Henley Passport Index
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The Pakistani passport has been ranked as the world’s fourth worst as the release of the latest Henley Passport Index highlights the impact the current conflict in Ukraine is having on travel freedom and mobility.
The index, which ranks the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa, is compiled using official data from the International Air Transport Association.
Pakistan was among the several countries around the world the citizens of which can have visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to fewer than 40 countries.
Pakistani passport ranked above Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.
There was little change in the top 10 most powerful passports compared to the last ranking, which was released in January. Japan and Singapore continue to share the number one spot in the ranking, with passport holders from both countries able to access 192 destinations around the world visa-free.
Germany and South Korea took second place once again, with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 190, while Finland, Italy, Luxembourg and Spain share third place, with passport holders from these countries able to access 189 destinations around the world.
The UK now sits in fifth place, with a score of 187, with the US one place behind with a score of 186. Afghanistan remains at the bottom of the index as its citizens are currently only able to access 26 destinations visa-free.
The UAE has retained its place at number 15, the highest spot the Arab world's second-largest economy has achieved since the index was launched in 2006.
The latest update to the index shows that Ukraine currently has a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 143, a record high for the country, which now ranks 34th on the index. It has climbed 26 places since 2012. Russia sits in 49th place.
Henley & Partner's list is one of several indexes created by financial firms to rank global passports according to the access they provide to their citizens.
The Henley Passport Index ranks 199 passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa. It is updated in real time throughout the year, as and when visa policy changes come into effect.
Arton Capital's Passport Index takes into consideration the passports of 193 United Nations member countries and six territories -- ROC Taiwan, Macau (SAR China), Hong Kong (SAR China), Kosovo, Palestinian Territory and the Vatican. Territories annexed to other countries are excluded.
Its 2022 index has the United Arab Emirates in in the top spot, with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 160.