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Wednesday 6 April 2022

Playing the powerful passport game

Japan and Singapore continue to share top spot on the Henley Passport Index - the global rankings list of all the world's passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.

Passport holders from Japan and Singapore are able to access 192 destinations around the world visa-free, not taking any temporary Covid restrictions into account, as of Q2, 2022.

Germany and South Korea hold joint-second place, with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 190, while Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, and Spain share third place, with their passport holders able to access 189 destinations around the world without having to acquire a visa in advance. 

The UK, which recently dropped all remaining Covid-related restrictions, now has a score of 187, with the US just one place behind, with a score of 186.

New Zealand is also on 186 with Australia trailing on 185, alongside Canada.  

Afghanistan remains at the bottom of the index­ — which is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) — with its nationals only able to access 26 destinations visa-free.

Dr Christian H. Kaelin, chairman of Henley & Partners, says the latest update provides a unique snapshot of a volatile and rapidly changing world.

"The country you are born in dramatically impacts the quality and extent of opportunities you will have in your life as well as the challenges you might face along the way," he said.

"Holding more than one citizenship, with the range of personal access rights each guarantees, is the ultimate asset in a time of crisis and volatility."

The Henley Passport Index compares the visa-free access of 199 different passports to 227 travel destinations. If no visa is required, then a score with value = 1 is created for that passport. The same applies if you can obtain a visa on arrival, a visitor’s permit, or an electronic travel authority (ETA) when entering the destination.

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