Lahore, 20th June: The Henley Passport Index announces the names of the worst passports in the world for international traveling, where the Pakistani passport ranks as the fourth worst.
The Henley Passport Index, which is a ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa, put Pakistan in the 104th position.
The Pakistani passport only ranks better than the passports of only three other countries: Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. It shares the fourth spot with Somalia.
Pakistani passport holders still enjoy visa-free access to 32 countries.
Last year the Pakistani passport had been ranked as the fifth worst passport to hold.
Japan retained the top spot as the world’s most powerful passport, while Singapore took the second spot. South Korea tied with Germany for the third spot.
European countries also performed favourably, with Finland sitting on fourth and Spain, Luxembourg and Denmark taking the fifth spot. Sweden and France sit on sixth spot on the list.
The United States dropped two places to eighth, sharing the spot with United Kingdom, Norway, Green and Belgium. Meanwhile, Canada ranked ninth.
The United Arab Emirates also climbed up 47 places to sit in 18th place, with a visa-free or visa-on-arrival score of 171.
Here are the five least powerful passports in the world:
1. Afghanistan (26)
2. Iraq (28)
3. Syria (29)
4. Pakistan, Somalia (32)
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