These Are the Most Powerful and Weakest Passports in 2022, 1st Quarter!

These Are the Most Powerful and Weakest Passports in 2022, First Quarter!

Lucky you if you have one of the most powerful passports!

Jetsetters, the list of the most powerful passports for 2022 is finally here, courtesy of the Henley Passport Index. Having a powerful passport with a high index rating instantly allows the holder to travel to many different countries visa-free. This is a convenience that a lot of powerful passport holders may not even realise. So if you find yourself among the lucky ones who hold a passport with a high index rating, count your blessings. Your status is a far-fetched dream for many travellers.

Most powerful passports in the first quarter of 2022

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Japan and Singapore have tied in first place, with its passport holders being able to visit 192 different countries visa-free. Last year, Japan held first place with 193 destinations, including one where their nationals could get a visa upon arrival. The rest of the list remained the same from last year’s most powerful passports. 

  1. Japan, Singapore (192 destinations)
  2. Germany, South Korea (190)
  3. Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain (189)
  4. Austria, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Sweden (188)
  5. Ireland, Portugal (187)
  6. Belgium, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States (186)
  7. Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Greece, Malta (185)
  8. Poland, Hungary (183)
  9. Lithuania, Slovakia (182)
  10. Estonia, Latvia, Slovenia (181)

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Alas, this ranking inevitably shows the weakest and worst passport a traveller could have as well. Here are the 10 lowest-ranking passports in the world:

  1. North Korea (39 destinations)
  2. Nepal and Palestinian territories (37)
  3. Somalia (34)
  4. Yemen (33)
  5. Pakistan (31)
  6. Syria (29)
  7. Iraq (28)
  8. Afghanistan (26)

Both of these lists aren’t surprising, since the rankings have been consistent more or less for the past few years. You may check more rankings of the most powerful passports in the world based on other indices too, like the Arton Capital’s Passport Index. Planning to migrate and get the perks of a powerful passport? Read our article about the easiest countries to migrate to!

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Therese Sta. Maria
Therese Sta. Maria

Therese's close friends know that if they haven’t seen her around recently, then she’s probably having an adventure with her luggage and camera in hand. Though she loves staying at home and spending lazy afternoons with friends, there are times when she has to be "away from home to feel at home," — that’s when she’s bitten by the travel bug. See her travels on Instagram @reesstamaria.


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