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

As countries begin to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and re-open borders with a view to encouraging travel, several Asian countries have climbed the chart this time around.

Written by Sharmita Kar | Edited by Chandrasekhar Srinivasan

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

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

China ranks 69th with access to 80 countries.

India ranks 87th and Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan bring up the rear. A passport from a Taliban-ruled country gives hassle-free entry to only 27 countries.

The index defines the strength of any one country’s diplomatic relations with others; Basically, the more ‘easily accessible’ a country is to others, the higher its ranking.

Here is the list of top 10 and bottom 10 countries in Henley Passport Index 2022:

Top 10 countries

Rank Country Name 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

Below are 10 countries

Rank Country Name Visa-free score
103 They are Representative 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 prosperous visa-free or visa-on-arrival access. However, as global travel is yet to fully recover from the Covid restrictions, the index provides only a hypothetical snapshot of the best records to hold this quarter.

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