According to the most recent rankings made public by Henley Passport Index, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea have the strongest passports in the world. For the sixth year running, a Japanese passport continues to be the most powerful and allows for hassle-free travel into 193 countries. Singapore and South Korea, which are ranked second and third respectively, offer access to 192 countries.
Indian passport which is ranked at 87 provides easy access to 60 countries. The lifting of the ban on international travel has helped passports regain strength. To contain the spread of covid-19, India had suspended international flights after the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. The ban was finally lifted after a period of two years in March this year.
Visa-free access to a tourist destination not only makes travelling cheaper but also hassle-free.
The rest of the top 10 include countries such as Germany, Spain, Finland, Luxembourg, and Italy. The UK is sixth with access to 187 countries, while the US is seventh with a score of 186, the latest ranking shows.
Russian travel documents are ranked 50th, giving easy access to 119 nations. China placed 69th with access to 80 countries and Afghanistan’s passport is the least useful, getting the holder into only 27 countries.
“The recovery and reclamation of our travel freedoms, and our innate instinct to move and migrate, will take time,” Henley and Partners Chairman Christian Kaelin said in a statement, Bloomberg reported.
The index, which uses 17 years of data, helps wealthy individuals and governments assess the value of citizenships around the world based on which passports offer the most prolific visa-free, or visa-on-arrival access.
The Henley Passport Index is the original, authoritative ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa. The index is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) – the largest, most accurate travel information database – and enhanced by Henley and Partners’ research team.