The strongest passports in the world. Japan and Singapore top the ranking

183 countries and territories can be visited without a visa with a Polish passport – according to the latest Henley Passport Index 2022. The largest number of borders without a visa, as many as 192 countries and territories, can be crossed with a Japanese or Singapore passport. The top ten of the ranking was dominated by the countries of the European Union.

The Henley Passport Index is based on data provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). It includes 199 different types of passports and 227 destinations. However, the index does not take into account temporary restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Henley Passport Index 2022

The Polish passport is in the 8th place in the ranking, ex aequo with the Hungarian one. This is the highest position occupied by a Polish document in this classification conducted since 2006. At that time, the Polish passport was in 16th place.

Top-of-the-list passport holders – Japanese and Singaporean – can theoretically travel to 192 countries without a visa.

Afghan citizens can only enter 26 other countries without a visa, and thus end up at the bottom of the list.

South Korea and Germany came second (190 countries), followed by Finland, Italy, Luxembourg and Spain (189). France, the Netherlands, Austria and Denmark are fourth (188). Ireland and Portugal are next (187). The United States and the United Kingdom moved up one place to sixth place (186), along with Switzerland, Norway, Belgium and New Zealand. The next place (185) is taken by Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Greece and Malta.

The European Union countries dominated the top ten of the ranking.

Leaving aside epidemic considerations, the overall level of freedom to travel has increased significantly over the past few decades. The Henley Passport Index showed in 2006 that, on average, a person can visit 57 countries without first obtaining a visa. Today that number is almost twice as high and amounts to 107.

According to the report, however, these freedoms are still enjoyed mainly by the countries of Europe, North America and richer Asian countries. For example, passport holders from countries such as Angola, Cameroon or Laos can enter only about 50 other countries without a visa.


Coronavirus in the world and travels

The latest report noted that the arrival of the coronavirus omicron variant late last year shed light on the growing divide in international mobility between richer and poorer countries. According to the authors, this is indicated by the strict restrictions introduced mainly against movements from African countries, which UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres compared to “traveling apartheid”.

Henley & Partners President and Passport Ranking concept creator Christian H. Kaelin believes that opening up the channels of travel will be key to economic recovery after the Covid-19 epidemic ends.

Passports and visas are among the most important instruments in the world to influence social inequalities around the world as they determine the possibilities of global movement, commented Kaelin.

– The boundaries in which we were born and the documents we are entitled to possess are no less arbitrary than the color of our skin. Wealthier countries should encourage a positive influx of migrants to help redistribute and balance human and material resources worldwide, ‘added the head of Henley & Partners.

Different ranking

Another ranking that shows the strength of individual passports is the Passport Index. It is published in real time and updated as often as new changes are introduced in individual countries, e.g. visa waiver programs or restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this ranking, Poland was placed 4th, along with Belgium, Portugal, Norway and Australia.

Holders of a Polish passport can easily enter 151 countries. The Polish passport allows you to visit 109 countries without a visa. In turn, in 42 countries we will receive a visa “on arrival” (upon arrival at the airport). We need a special sticker in the document to enter 47 countries.

The citizens of the United Arab Emirates can boast the strongest passport in the world. They can visit 160 countries without any problems.

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