The rating of the most powerful passports in the world has been published: in what place were the USA and post-Soviet countries
According to the 2022 Henley Passport Index, Japan and Singapore once again hold the two most powerful passports in the world. Travel and Leisure writes about this.
Passport holders from the two countries that ranked first last year can travel to 192 different destinations around the world without a visa, regardless of the impact of COVID-19 related restrictions. They are followed by Germany and South Korea, which share second place with access to 190 visa-free destinations.
The Henley Passport Index uses data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to compile its rankings.
“Passports and visas are among the most important tools influencing social inequality around the world as they define opportunities for global mobility,” said Chairman Henley & Partners Dr. Christian Kalin. “The boundaries we are born into and the documents we are entitled to own are as arbitrary as the color of our skin. Wealthier nations should encourage positive migration to help redistribute and balance human and material resources around the world.”
The United States and the United Kingdom are tied for sixth place with visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 186 destinations. In 2020, the US ranked eighth.
Belgium, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland also took sixth place this year.
Ukraine is in 34th place – citizens of this country can easily enter 143 destinations. The Russian Federation is in 49th place – these are 117 countries, and Belarus was in 68th place with 77 destinations. Georgia is in 50th place (115 points), Kazakhstan is in 69-75 countries.
You can see the full rating here.
While some countries have risen in the rankings, the company said this year's index showed the biggest gap in global mobility since its founding 17 years ago.
At the end of the list are countries such as Afghanistan, where passport holders can only enter 26 destinations without a visa, and Mozambique, one of the countries included in the US temporary travel ban to countries in southern Africa after the introduction of the omicron option – where passport holders can only enter 62 destinations without a visa.