The Most Powerful Passports in 2022 - The Passport's Index

The Most Powerful Passports in 2022 - The Passport's Index

It’s not British or American. The United Arab Emirates’ passport is now the world’s most powerful, according to CEOWORLD magazine’s Global Passport Ranking for 2022. This was followed by FINLAND, ITALY, GERMANY, SWEDEN, DENMARK, AUSTRIA, LUXEMBOURG, SWITZERLAND, and SOUTH KOREA. The United Arab Emirates passport was deemed ‘the world’s most powerful for 2022. The UAE passport holders can now enter 160 destinations around the world visa-free, according to the index, which ranks the strength of 199 passports.

Even though the United States is further down the ranking, the American passport still yields considerable power. U.S. passport holders can travel to 149 countries without major restrictions. And the worst?

Afghanistan finished the bottom of the Global Passport Ranking, with just 34 countries granting Afghans entry without obtaining an advance visa, according to the research findings. Passports have different colors, designs and shades but there is a lot more to a passport than that. Not all passports have the same power around the world. Every passport has a different status. Some passports afford their bearers more freedom than others.

The Europe Countries dominated on the list again

Further down the top 10, South Korea is still tied alongside Germany in second place, with a score of 190, and Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, and Spain are all together in third place, with a score of 189.

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While Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, and Sweden share fourth place, with a score of 188, France has slipped down to fifth place.

The UK, which dropped all remaining Covid-19 related restrictions last month, has moved up one place to number five, sitting alongside France, as well as Ireland and Portugal, with a score of 117.

The United States stays at number six, with a score of 186, sharing the position with Belgium, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland.

There's no change at number seven, with Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Greece, and Malta staying together again, with a score of 185.

In eighth place, Hungary sits alone, with a score of 183, while Poland has slid from eight to ninth on the list, sharing the spot with Lithuania and Slovakia, with a score of 182. Estonia, Latvia, and Slovenia round out the top ten, with a score of 181.

 The best passports to hold in 2022 are:

  1. Japan, Singapore (192 destinations)
  2. Germany, South Korea (190)
  3. Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain (189)
  4. Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden (188)
  5. France, Ireland, Portugal, United Kingdom (187)
  6. Belgium, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, United States (186)
  7. Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Greece, Malta (185)
  8. Hungary (183)
  9. Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia (182)
  10. Estonia, Latvia, Slovenia (181)

The Global Passport Power Rank (List) 2022

So powerful passports mean that the countries are ranked in one order and they accept visa-free or visa on arrival. Let’s now get a quick look at some of the most powerful passports in the world:

Key Findings of the report

The report also reveals that, there was the widest recorded global mobility gap since the index was created 17 years ago.

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Passport holders of two Asian nations, Japan and Singapore, can now enter 192 destinations worldwide visa-free. It is 166 more than Afghanistan. Afghanistan has been listed at the bottom of this index.


Global Passport Power Rank 2022
RANK COUNTRY MOBILITY SCORE VISA-FREE + eTA VISA ON ARRIVAL VISA REQUIRED
1 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 167 113 54 31
2 GERMANY 163 119 44 35
3 SWEDEN 163 118 45 35
4 FINLAND 163 118 45 35
5 ITALY 163 113 50 35
6 SOUTH KOREA 152 107 45 46
7 DENMARK 162 117 45 36
8 AUSTRIA 162 117 45 36
9 LUXEMBOURG 162 117 45 36
10 SPAIN 162 117 45 36
11 NETHERLANDS 162 116 46 36
12 BELGIUM 162 116 46 36
13 JAPAN 162 114 48 36
14 POLAND 162 114 48 36
15 NEW ZEALAND 162 108 54 36
16 AUSTRALIA 162 106 56 32
17 PORTUGAL 161 116 45 37
18 SWITZERLAND 161 113 48 34
19 NORWAY 161 108 42 48
20 HUNGARY 161 113 48 37
21 UNITED STATES 161 109 52 37
22 SINGAPORE 160 124 36 38
23 GREECE 149 108 41 49
24 SLOVAKIA 149 106 43 49
25 IRELAND 149 105 44 49
26 UNITED KINGDOM 149 105 44 49
27 FRANCE 150 111 39 48
28 CZECH REPUBLIC 150 109 41 48
29 MALTA 150 109 41 48
30 ESTONIA 148 107 41 50
31 LITHUANIA 148 107 41 50
32 LATVIA 148 107 41 50
33 ICELAND 148 106 42 50
34 SLOVENIA 148 106 42 50
35 CANADA 148 104 44 50
36 LIECHTENSTEIN 147 104 43 51
37 CROATIA 146 104 41 52
38 CYPRUS 145 112 38 53
39 ROMANIA 145 107 42 53
40 BULGARIA 144 103 43 54
41 MONACO 144 101 44 54
42 CHILE 138 100 44 60
43 ARGENTINA 138 94 44 60
44 SAN MARINO 137 97 40 61
45 ANDORRA 136 90 46 62
46 HONG KONG 133 101 32 65
47 MALAYSIA 133 93 40 65
48 ISRAEL 131 93 38 67
49 BRAZIL 131 88 43 67
50 VATICAN CITY 129 88 41 69
51 URUGUAY 127 84 43 71
52 UKRAINE 127 82 45 71
53 MEXICO 126 80 46 72
54 BARBADOS 123 89 34 75
55 BRUNEI 123 80 45 75
56 PERU 123 78 36 75
57 BAHAMAS 119 83 36 79
58 MACAO 119 81 38 79
59 TAIWAN 118 72 46 80
60 SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS 117 83 34 81
61 COLOMBIA 117 75 42 81
62 PANAMA 116 74 42 82
63 COSTA RICA 116 73 43 82
64 ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA 115 80 35 83
65 SERBIA 115 73 42 83
66 SEYCHELLES 113 81 32 85
67 ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES 113 80 33 85
68 TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 112 78 34 86
69 NORTH MACEDONIA 112 68 44 86
70 PARAGUAY 111 65 46 87
71 EL SALVADOR 109 68 41 89
72 GEORGIA 109 65 44 89
73 MAURITIUS 108 76 32 90
74 GRENADA 108 74 34 90
75 RUSSIA 108 69 39 90
76 MONTENEGRO 108 63 45 90
77 SAINT LUCIA 107 72 35 91
78 VENEZUELA 107 60 47 91
79 MOLDOVA 106 63 43 92
80 DOMINICA 105 70 35 93
81 VANUATU 105 67 38 93
82 TURKEY 105 62 43 93
83 SOLOMON ISLANDS 103 66 37 95
84 HONDURAS 102 61 41 96
85 ALBANIA 102 60 42 96
86 TONGA 101 63 38 97
87 SAMOA 101 62 39 97
88 TUVALU 99 63 36 99
89 GUATEMALA 99 58 41 99
90 NICARAGUA 99 56 43 99
91 BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 97 56 41 101
92 KIRIBATI 96 58 38 102
93 MARSHALL ISLANDS 94 53 41 104
94 QATAR 93 54 39 105
95 SOUTH AFRICA 91 54 37 107
96 MICRONESIA 90 49 41 108
97 PALAU 89 46 43 109
98 KUWAIT 87 46 41 111
99 ECUADOR 86 41 45 112
100 BELIZE 85 53 32 113
101 JAMAICA 83 48 35 115
102 MALDIVES 81 43 38 117
103 FIJI 81 42 39 117
104 GUYANA 81 40 41 117
105 BELARUS 81 38 43 117
106 BAHRAIN 80 38 42 118
107 TIMOR-LESTE 79 39 40 119
108 KAZAKHSTAN 79 33 46 119
109 SAUDI ARABIA 77 36 41 121
110 OMAN 77 32 45 121
111 BOLIVIA 76 32 44 122
112 NAURU 74 35 39 124
113 SURINAME 73 29 44 125
114 BOTSWANA 72 40 32 126
115 AZERBAIJAN 72 30 42 126
116 THAILAND 72 25 47 126
117 PAPUA NEW GUINEA 71 30 41 127
118 ARMENIA 71 30 41 127
119 LESOTHO 70 37 33 128
120 INDONESIA 70 29 41 128
121 CHINA 70 26 44 128
122 MALAWI 69 36 33 129
123 TUNISIA 69 30 39 129
124 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 69 25 44 129
125 CUBA 68 28 40 130
126 ESWATINI 66 36 30 132
127 TANZANIA 66 35 31 132
128 NAMIBIA 66 33 33 132
129 KENYA 65 32 33 133
130 ZAMBIA 65 32 33 133
131 MOROCCO 64 27 37 134
132 KYRGYZSTAN 64 23 41 134
133 GAMBIA 63 37 26 135
134 CAPE VERDE 63 29 34 135
135 MONGOLIA 63 23 40 135
136 UZBEKISTAN 63 22 41 135
137 SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE 63 20 43 135
138 GHANA 62 33 29 136
139 RWANDA 62 24 38 136
140 UGANDA 61 28 33 137
141 TAJIKISTAN 61 21 40 137
142 SIERRA LEONE 60 35 25 138
143 ZIMBABWE 60 30 30 139
144 SENEGAL 59 27 32 139
145 BURKINA FASO 59 26 33 139
146 PHILIPPINES 59 22 37 140
147 BENIN 58 25 33 140
148 INDIA 58 20 38 140
149 JORDAN 58 18 40 141
150 COTE D IVOIRE (IVORY COAST) 57 23 34 141
151 MADAGASCAR 57 20 37 141
152 MOZAMBIQUE 57 20 37 141
153 GABON 57 18 39 141
154 ALGERIA 57 16 41 141
155 BHUTAN 57 13 44 141
156 TURKMENISTAN 56 14 42 143
157 NIGER 55 25 30 143
158 MAURITANIA 55 21 34 143
159 EQUATORIAL GUINEA 55 15 40 144
160 GUINEA BISSAU 54 22 32 144
161 GUINEA 54 22 32 144
162 ANGOLA 54 20 34 144
163 TOGO 54 20 34 144
164 EGYPT 54 14 40 144
165 CAMBODIA 54 11 43 144
166 MALI 53 25 28 145
167 BURUNDI 53 16 37 145
168 COMOROS 53 13 40 145
169 VIETNAM 53 12 41 147
170 LIBERIA 51 21 30 147
171 CHAD 51 17 34 147
172 CAMEROON 51 14 37 147
173 HAITI 51 10 41 147
174 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC 50 14 36 148
175 LEBANON 50 12 38 148
176 DJIBOUTI 50 11 39 148
177 KOSOVO 49 14 35 149
178 LAOS 49 11 38 149
179 NIGERIA 48 20 28 150
180 CONGO (DEM. REP.) 47 12 35 151
181 CONGO 47 11 36 151
182 SOUTH SUDAN 46 13 33 152
183 LIBYA 46 11 35 152
184 ETHIOPIA 46 10 36 152
185 SUDAN 46 9 37 152
186 BANGLADESH 45 15 30 153
187 SRI LANKA 45 11 34 153
188 NEPAL 44 9 35 154
189 ERITREA 44 8 36 154
190 NORTH KOREA 44 8 36 154
191 PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES 43 10 33 155
192 IRAN 43 8 35 155
193 MYANMAR [BURMA] 43 6 37 155
194 YEMEN 39 8 31 159
195 SOMALIA 38 8 30 160
196 PAKISTAN 38 6 32 160
197 SYRIA 35 5 30 163
198 IRAQ 34 4 30 164
199 AFGHANISTAN 34 4 30 164

The Henley's Passport Index

The Henley's 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 ranks 199 passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa. It is updated in real time throughout the year, as and when visa policy changes come into effect.

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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 2022 index has the United Arab Emirates in the top spot, with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 160.

The Henley Passport Index (HPI) ranks passports according to how many destinations can be reached using a particular country's ordinary passport without requiring a visa ('visa-free'). All distinct destination countries and territories in the IATA database are considered. However, since not all territories issue passports, there are far fewer passports ranked than destinations against which queries are made.

You can check The Henley's Passport Index below:

Henly's Passport Index 2022

FAQs

How do I apply for a passport?

Each country has its process regarding passport applications. To get the most accurate information, check your country’s appropriate government website for all the instructions on obtaining a passport. You may be required to personally apply at a government office or submit your application online.

Generally, it is necessary for passport applicants to fill out an application form, provide proof of citizenship and identity, provide passport-sized photos, and pay the application fee.

It is of utmost importance to fill out the form truthfully and accurately.

What is an official passport?

An official passport is also referred to as a service passport and is only issued to government employees. The reason for issuing such a passport is to let officials in the destination country know that the bearer is there for official business as a representative of the country in an official capacity. Individuals with official passports are not given any special privileges.

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