List of the worst Passports in the world. The gap in travel freedom is its biggest in decades and disparities in vaccination access between countries could make the situation even worse, says a new report.
The Henley Passport Index
, which has been regularly monitoring the world’s most travel-friendly passports since 2006, has released its latest rankings and analysis.
As the index doesn’t take temporary restrictions into account, Japan is once again top of the leaderboard, with its passport
offering visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 193 destinations around the world.
“With extensive travel restrictions still in place globally, any level of international travel freedom remains theoretical,” says Henley & Partners, the UK-based citizenship consultancy behind the index, in a statement.
“It is somewhat ironic that Japan is ranked first, yet recently made the difficult decision to bar spectators from abroad from the rescheduled Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, now planned to commence in July.”
Japanese passport holders have visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 167 more destinations than citizens of Afghanistan, who are at the bottom of the ranking as they can only visit 26 places without needing a visa in advance. That’s the biggest gap between countries since the index began, says Henley & Partners. worst Passports in the world
The worst passports to hold
Several countries around the world have visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to fewer than 40 countries. These include:
102. North Korea (39 destinations)
103. Nepal (38)
104. Palestinian territories (37)
105. Somalia (34)
106. Yemen (33)
107. Pakistan (32)
108. Syria (29)
109. Iraq (28)
110. Afghanistan (26)
Download Index; https://www.henleyglobal.com/passport-index
Henley & Partner’s list is one of several indexes created by financial firms to rank global passports according to the access they provide to their citizens.
The Henley Passport Index is based on data provided by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) and covers 199 passports and 227 travel destinations. It is updated in real time throughout the year, as and when visa policy changes come into effect.
Arton Capital’s Passport Index takes into consideration the passports of 193 United Nations member countries and six territories — ROC Taiwan, Macau (SAR China), Hong Kong (SAR China), Kosovo, Palestinian Territory and the Vatican. Territories annexed to other countries are excluded.
Its 2021 index has Germany, Finland, Spain and Switzerland sharing the top spot, with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 134.
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