As Pandemic Continues, The World’s Most Powerful Passports for 2022 Are…

By Anna Breuer on 11 January 2022
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Although they likely sit in a drawer, unused at the current time, passports are a key to unlocking the mysteries of the world, and not all passports are created equal.

The travel restrictions imposed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020 continue to remain in place as the world enters the third year where Covid is seemingly omnipresent and stubbornly refusing to go away.

Still, if you happen to hold a passport from Japan or Singapore, this year you continue to be in luck as you are able to visit 192 out of the 218 countries in the globe without a visa, the most of any other passport holder, current Covid-19 restrictions notwithstanding.

The data comes from the Henley and Partners Visa Restriction Index, sometimes referred to as a list of the world’s most “powerful” passports, which is published each year in cooperation with the International Air Transport Association.

South Korea is tied with Germany in second place, with a score of 190 countries, and Finland, Italy, Luxembourg and Spain are all together in third place, with a score of 189.

The European Union continues to dominate this list, however.

France, the Netherlands and Sweden moved from fifth to fourth to join Austria and Denmark, all with a score of 188. Ireland and Portugal are now in fifth place, with 187.

Both the United States and the United Kingdom, which had shared the top spot in 2014, have regained some ground.  The two moved up the rankings by one spot to No. 6, alongside Belgium, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland.

Finishing off the list, Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic (also known as Czechia), Greece, and Malta share the No. 7 spot.  Hungary and Poland moved up in the rankings to No. 8, while Slovakia and Lithuania rose to No. 9.  Estonia, Latvia, and Slovenia are in the No. 10 slot.

In contrast to the most powerful passports, Yemen has the No. 5 slot in the least powerful passports, with a score of 33 countries, closely followed by Pakistan in the No. 4 slot with 31.  The remaining three at the very bottom of the list include Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, with scores of 29, 28, and 26 countries respectively.

The list includes 227 destination countries and the maximum any country could score would be 226, as a visa is not required to return home by any country. The number of passport countries that were scored was 199 and the list includes the 93 Member States of the United Nations plus Hong Kong, Kosovo, Macau, Palestinian Territory, Taiwan, and Vatican City.

Henley & Partners, which helps individuals with citizenship and residence planning, has published the index since 2006.

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