The Henley Passport Index (HPI), created by Henley & Partners, ranks the strongest passports. 192 countries do not require visas for holders of Japan’s and Singapore’s passports, according to the report.
The Strength of a Passport
The Henley Passport Index ranks the best passports based on their travel freedom each year.
A legitimate passport is just the first thing we need to travel. A good suitcase, a credit card with travel rewards, and an adventurous attitude also come to mind. However, depending on where you’re from – or rather, where your passport is from – the country you want to visit might ask you for a visa.
Visas can be obtained either in advance or upon arrival. Moreover, some visas are easy to obtain – for example, by applying online – while others must be obtained at a physical embassy after rigorous and time-consuming checks.
According to the HPI passport ranking for 2022, 33 countries offer passports that can be used to travel with just a passport, online visa, or visa on arrival.
The best rankings are held by Japan and Singapore, followed by Germany, South Korea, and Finland. Passport holders from multiple countries can visit the same number of countries without a visa.
The Top 10 Passports in the World for 2022:
- Japan and Singapore – 192 destinations
- Germany and South Korea – 190 destinations
- Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain – 189 destinations
- Austria, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Sweden – 188 destinations
- Ireland, Portugal – 187 destinations
- Belgium, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States – 186 destinations
- Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Greece, Malta – 185 destinations
- Hungary, Poland – 183 destinations
- Lithuania, Slovakia – 182 destinations
Japan and Singapore
According to the HPI, Japan and Singapore have the highest rankings. Visa-free entry is possible in 192 countries and territories with these passports.
Germany and South Korea
Germany and South Korea occupy the second and third spots on the “Strongest passports in the world” list. Citizens of these countries can travel to 190 destinations without a visa.
Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain
Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, and Spain tie for third place. It is possible to enter 189 different countries without a visa in these countries.
Austria, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Sweden
In the ranking, Austria, Denmark, France, Netherlands, and Sweden are ranked fifth. Visa-free travel is possible for passport holders from these countries to 188 destinations.
Ireland and Portugal
According to the passport power index, Ireland is tied with Portugal for sixth place. Visa-free access is available to citizens of these countries in 187 countries.
The World’s Weakest Passports for Travel Freedom
As part of the Henley Passport Index, we also reveal which countries have the weakest passports in the world based on travel freedom. According to the HPI, Afghanistan has the weakest passport in the world, ranking 111th. Afghans are only allowed to enter 26 countries without a visa. Iraq, whose passport holders can visit only 28 countries without a visa, follows.
Syria, Pakistan, and Yemen are also among the countries with the strongest passports in the world. Citizens of these three countries are not required to obtain visas for 29, 31, and 33 territories.
The Henley Passport Index (HPI) is not the only index that shows a passport’s power rank. As part of the travel freedom they provide to passport holders, other institutions also create indices that measure password strength.
Arton Capital’s Passport Index, for instance, ranks 193 United Nations member countries and six territories (ROC Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong, Kosovo, Palestinian Territory, and Vatican). This index reveals that the United Arab Emirates passport is the most powerful passports, allowing passport holders to access 107 destinations without a visa, 53 with a visa on arrival, and 38 with an advance visa.