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The world’s strongest passport is Japan. India’s rank is…

As countries start recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic and re-open borders with a view to encourage travel, several Asian countries have climbed the chart this times.

Written by Sharmita Kar | Edited by Chandrashekar Srinivasan

Japan, Singapore and South Korea have topped the Henley Passport Index – which uses exclusive data from the International Air Transport Authority – to rank 199 passports. The Asian giants’ top ranking reverses pre-pandemic rankings dominated by European nations.

A Japanese passport provides visa-free access to 193 countries, one more than those from Singapore and South Korea. Russia, which invaded Ukraine in February, is ranked 50th, with access to 119 nations. Ukraine is ranked 35th with access to 144 nations.

China is placed 69th with access to 80 countries.

India is 87th and Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan bring up the rear. The Taliban-ruled country’s passport offers hassle-free access to only 27 countries.

The index defines the strength of diplomatic relations of any one country with others; essentially, the more one country has ‘ease of access’ to others, the higher its ranking.

Here’s a list of top 10 and bottom 10 countries on the Henley Passport Index 2022:

Top 10 countries

Rank Name of Country Visa-free score
1 Japan 193
2 Singapore, South Korea 192
3 Germany, Spain 190
4 Finland, Italy, Luxembourg 189
5 Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden 188
6 France, Ireland, Portugal, United Kingdom 187
7 Belgium, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, United States 186
8 Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Greece, Malta 185
9 Hungary 183
10 Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia 182

Bottom 10 countries

Rank Name of Country Visa-free score
103 Dem. Rep. of Congo, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Sudan 42
104 Bangladesh, Kosovo, Libya 41
105 North Korea 40
106 Nepal, Palestinian Territory 38
107 Somalia 35
108 Yemen 34
109 Pakistan 32
110 Syria 30
111 Irag 29
112 Afghanistan 27

The index 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. However, with global travel yet to fully recover from Covid restrictions, the index offers only a notional snapshot of the best documents to hold as of this quarter.

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