Pakistan Hits Rock Bottom with Second Lowest Passport Ranking

Getting a visa for a country you are about to visit is always troublesome and always carries a risk of rejection with it.

A lot of visa requests are often rejected following terrorist attacks and similar incidents. But things are dire if you happen to possess a Pakistani passport.

Ever wondered how Pakistan’s passport ranks compared with other country’s passports in terms of allowing free entry into other countries? Here’s where the annual Passport Index rankings come in.

Passport Index 2016

The Passport Index ranks each country’s passports according to two major criteria:

  • The number of countries that allow you free entry onto their soil because of your country’s passport
  • And how welcoming a country is in allowing visa free entry.

This means that if you happen to have an American passport (ranked number 4 on the index) , you will be allowed to enter into 155 countries without a visa compared with Pakistan (ranked number 98 on the index) which allows visa free entry into just 27 countries.

Burundi (ranked highest) for example allows visa free entry to 198 countries, while Afghanistan (ranked lowest) does not let anyone enter their country without a visa.

About the Rankings

According to the passport index, the most valuable passports in terms of getting you visa free entry into other countries, are ranked below:

  1. Germany and Sweden
  2. France, Finland, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom
  3. Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, South Korea and Norway

The countries mentioned together are tied for the same rank.

The 3 lowest ranking international passports are (with number 1 as the lowest):

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Pakistan
  3. Iraq

These are ranked the lowest as these passports allow you visa free entry into the least amount of countries.

How Does the Pakistani Passport Compares with Other Countries?

In terms of getting into other countries, Pakistan ranks the closest with Afghanistan (98), Iraq (96) and Somalia (95)

Compared with neighboring countries, China and India’s passports are ranked at 78 and Iran’s passport is ranked at 93.

It is a sad state of affairs to see the Pakistani passport ranked so low. Those at the helm of affairs should also take note, but seeing how their elevated diplomatic status allows them to travel anywhere, we don’t reckon that the people’s representatives are all too keen on putting Pakistan on the world map in a positive way.

The reasons for the low value assigned to the Pakistani passport are multiple, with various social, political, cultural and geopolitical factors resulting in a cumulative negative ranking being metted to the document that we need to use for crossing from one country to another. Sadly, this state of affairs is bound to continue.

Via Passport Index

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  • Faheem Janjua

    Pakistan has all various social, political, cultural and geopolitical problems where government is only focusing on Orange Train, Yellow Cab, Green Bus, Black Car, Pink Rickshaw. I feel amazed when to see people still following PMLN vision while Pakistan is loosing dredibility in the world and on devlopment, economics, financial government is really not putting an eye on it, I am afraid that one day we will get no 01 in to the world.

    • Farhan

      I hate PMLN but they were pretty smart at what they are doing. Fancy Roads, Trains, Airports are enough to win them enough votes that they need so why should they not follow that formula?

      Almost everyone feels that Metro is such a huge achievements when it’s just a fancy bus service. Building a dam, improve the education system, improving the judiciary are stuff the majority of people just don’t care about anymore.

      • Faheem Janjua

        I am not agree with you that they are smart yet they are stupid enough but less then the people of Pakistan. Fancy Roads, Trains, Airport, and all other yet are being done in few cities likewise in Punjab focus is on Lahore only, down towards Sargodha, Khushab, Mianwali, Bhakar, Layyah, going south towards, Lodhran, Rahim Yar Khan, Dera Ghazi Khan, moving towards Jehlam, Talagang, Chakwal, etc there is a big list where there are no Trains, Buses, fancy Roads, Airports.

        So if PMLN exists only in Lahore, Islamabad & Multan then I believe they are smart enough. Example in my district Khushab, 4 MPA, 2 MNA, 1 Senetor, 02 Ministrs, 02 Secrateries, 02 Advisors, 13 People are PMLN affiliates and you can easily see no Fancy Roads, No Trains, No Buses, No Hospital , No School , No Water, No Gas, No Electricity, No Food, No Development at all.

        So yes PMLN is smart enough yet people are dumb enough still to follow them.

        • Farhan

          That’s what am saying. If your intention is just winning elections and doing few fancy development projects keeps getting you vote then why should you stop doing that unless you care about the country.

          If people are stupid and voting for you then why would you teach them so they stop being stupid and stop voting for you.

          • Faheem Janjua

            As far as I believe people are stupid and will remain stupid coz passport devaluation or upgrading is not an issues coz nobody knows about the importance of it, 90% immigrants pakistani are labor class in middle east and other who work in EU, america and UK are already dual nationality holders. Actually lack of sense among the people.

  • Shurjil Butt

    No wonder political baffoons, ever increasing terrorism, fundamentalism & insecurity and did i forget to mention corruption put the country to shame. Even islamic countries treat green passport as spinach eaten poop. If you wanna see the actual worth of being a Paki .. just visit to Jeddah airport as an Umrah visitor and you see what I mean :) Long live Islamic brotherhood bullshit.

    • The truth

      Stop with the derogatory word “PAKI” OK. Imbecile.

      People of Pakistani origin have fought for years in the UK people do not use that word.

      • Ahmed

        You better shut the f*** up and do your job at the petrol station.

        • The truth

          Why dont you do the wounderful job you are doing, of showing your level of maturity.

          AFTER 9/11 Bush used that term and was told by Blair and co not to, due to its meaning.

          its people like you who give Pakistanis and more importantly Muslims a bad name with your foul mouth.

          As for petrol station mate, I work for Microsoft by the way.

          Nothing wrong with working at a petrol station halal work is halal work

          • Palaupakistani

            Pakistanis hav alot of ways to get a bad name from and liberals r not the reason

        • The truth

          Also why are you replying to a comment intended for someone else.

  • who cares :D I still applied for 3 times for UK Visa, 1 time Canada 1 time Italy and wasted their time :P now I am in love with getting rejections from embassy :P

  • Palaupakistani

    Lol….but qandeel baloch is brings more shame to this country than mullahs.lmao

  • Ahmed

    Green passport is worth a piece of s***. Better get used to it. We are treated worthless even in Arab countries, even though Pakistanis love being arab and that Albakistan number plates, WTF is that?. Better wake up, the most confused nation on earth.

    • The Truth

      My dear Ahmed Pakistanis do not love Arabs — the leaders who have half their assets in Jeddah or Dubai do — and they ensure that we
      The Pakistanis who live and work in the Middle East will tell you how we are treated like animals by these “Muslim brothers” — worse than any western countries treat us . . .
      But that truth will never come out because we only export illiterate laborers (95%) to these countries — so a few educated Pakistanis who do go there, are also treated like laborers.

  • Abdullah

    Every poor knows that the only weapon they have to improve thier living standard is by getting education but government not interested in giving education. 500 Billions rs spending on useless projects like metro and air ports where 60 % people living below the poverty line . 25 Million children not attending the school in punjab which improves child labor. N league and ppp know very well if they give education they will not getting votes

  • Kazim

    I don’t believe this ranking, as everytime my friends / relatives move abroad, had never issue using Pakistani Passport. This is bais data.

    • Faheem Janjua

      Travelling 09 years on after each 3 months, never faced any special treatment with Pakistani passport, in Nigeria people love to talk with me that I am Pakistani, Qatar, Jordan, Russia, Azerbaijn, Kazakhstan everywhere I have never get insulted due to my passport.

  • zain

    shukriya raheel sharif …..and humnawa AKA kiyani ,musharaf and pasha

    • Really

      And that is your brilliant assessment of what?
      No wonder people like Nawaz budmash and Zardaree patwaree keep getting elected again and again — because we have vegetables like you voting for them again and again despite all facts and figures . . . your biasness against military is dripping from your text .
      Morons like you should be forcefully castrated so you do not spread your faulty seeds further!