Global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners released its quarterly report on the world’s best and worst passports. Pakistani passport was ranked as the fourth worst passport in the world. However, the top three passports in the world are in Asia.
Singapore and Japan’s passports retained their positions as the best passports in the world offering access to 189 countries each. while South Korean passport dropped to the second position.
Finland and Germany’s passport shared the second spot with South Korea. All three countries give access to 187 countries from around the world without the need for a prior visa. The third place was taken by European nations i.e. Denmark, Italy, and Luxembourg, giving access to 186 countries while the fourth slot was taken by France, Spain, and Sweden giving access to 185 countries around the world.
Coming to Pakistan, it offers an Electronic Travel Authority to citizens from 50 countries that includes Finland, Japan, Malta, Spain, Switzerland.
Both the US and the UK once topped the ranking but now their passports have dropped to sixth place.
Afghanistan retains its place as the country with the worst passport in the world. Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan are the only countries ranked worst than Pakistan in terms of their passport.
Dr. Christian H. Kaelin, Chairman of Henley & Partners and the creator of the passport index concept said, “With a few notable exceptions, the latest rankings from the Henley Passport Index show that countries around the world increasingly view visa-openness as crucial to economic and social progress.”