Pakistani Passport is Still the 2nd Worst in 2017

Getting a visa for western countries (and even others) was a seemingly impossible task for many Pakistanis. You may have that one relative or friend that applied for a visa but got rejected multiple times for one reason or the another.

Overall, new rankings state that the Pakistani Passport’s value hasn’t changed since the last time we talked about it. The green passport is still ranked the second worst in the world, just above Afghanistan.

In fact, you can now add one more country to the list which requires a visa for Pakistanis – Afghanistan. Previously the country could be visited without a visa but now it requires that you get a visa beforehand.

For other passports, the global rankings have shifted a bit, with Singapore’s passport going up a notch. It is now the second most powerful passport in the world alongside the Swedish passport.

Top Ranked Passports

Here are the top ranked passports in the world, ordered according to ranking:

  1. Germany
  2. Singapore and Sweden
  3. Denmark, Finland, France, UK, USA, Spain, Switzerland and Norway

Note: Passports mentioned at the same number are ranked the same.

Worst Ranked Passports

The 3 lowest ranked passports on the other hand are still in similar positions with Afghanistan leading the pack with the worst ranked passport. They’re followed by Pakistan and then Iraq which replaces Somalia as the third worst passport this year.

Even the Palestinian passport is ranked much higher than Pakistan despite the ongoing tension in the region.

Last year, Somalian passport was ranked the third worst in the world. They have managed to improve their rank and are now ranked at 90, up from 95 last year.

Comparison With Neighboring Countries

China and India have also improved their rankings. India has moved up 1 place from 78 to 77. China has gone up from 78 last year to 66.

Even Iran has gone up from 93 to 87 in global passport rankings.

Visa Free Entry/Visa on Arrival for Pakistani Passport

People holding the Pakistani passport are allowed Visa-free entry in these countries:

  • Dominica
  • Haiti
  • Micronesia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Vanuatu

These countries allow Pakistani passport holders, a visa on arrival:

  • Cambodia
  • Cape Verde
  • Comoros
  • Djibouti
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Kenya
  • Madagascar
  • Maldives
  • Mauritania
  • Mozambique
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Palau
  • Samoa
  • Seychelles
  • Tanzania
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda

Via Passport Index

Disclaimer: While the information in this article is accurate to the best of our knowledge, ProPakistani does not guarantee the authenticity of the research conducted by Passport Index.

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  • your visa on arrival list for Pakistan is not correct requires update as many countries in this list doesn’t allow VOA , E.G. Cambodia , Nepal ,Mozambique,kenya requires to secure visa before travel

  • I don’t have a problem with what is presented in the above piece, it could very well be a fairy tale epitomizing Thumbalena or The sleeping Beauty. My problem however remains with the simple fact that whatever is presented above; is not correlated or sourced from, any credible research or consensus that might have been taken in recent times – or at least it isn’t mentioned above.

    I regard ProPakistani as a somewhat decent-ish platform that gives 70-80 percent (on a whole) when it comes to credibility but… drivel written, and I am sorry to use such a word, in a nothing but subjective manner clearly takes away any shred of seriousness from the topic at hand.

    The administrators for this platform should at least provide a half genuine link to the statistics presented or put up a GOD DAMN disclaimer which might discredit them from whatever is posted on this platform.

    People fail to realize that ‘releases’ such as above is a blatant recipe for disaster when it comes to image of the country among foreigners who could be trying to learn more about the country or may want to get on board in knowing more about our culture.

    I am not particularly trying to have a go at the author or the people in charge who put up these releases but these are things that I feel should be looked upon more carefully going forward. I reiterate, I am not having a go but these are just my two cents on the matter.

    • There is a link of Passport Index website at the bottom. It has every detail that you are looking for

      • Well the website, even though thoroughly well designed and entailing with technical jargon left right and center falls apart at the Legal Disclaimer it holds, the latter reads as:


        ‘Legal notes

        Passport Index is a free tool, built with publicly available information and with content contributed by fans and government agencies around the world. Analytics is based on proprietary research. Certain assumptions have been taken where data was missing or not reliable.

        This tool should not be used for travelling purposes. For specific visa policies, please contact a consulate or embassy near you.

        Passport designs are copyright of each respective government.’


        The first sentence and the last bit in the first paragraph burns down whatever the website categorically publishes.

        As a rule of thumb I would be quite hesitant to trust a free tool that claims to provide insight on ‘proprietary research’

    • Your opinion is taken seriously and the article has been updated with a disclaimer to reflect that. Thank you for your criticism.

  • Actually Now a days you just post what you find online which can be ridiculously false but you even don’t bother to find the reality.

  • Well I’m reading this index since last many years. With every passing year the rank is plunging like anything. It’s good to share the information but would be better if the required steps to rectify this situation could be suggested. In our case it seems that no one is interested to work on it otherwise there are number of countries far behind us but are better in this ranking. There should be some platform which can highlight Pakistan’s softer image in the world and work on this type of issues.

  • Syria and Iraq are in state of war but there passport still has some potential :S but why our passport value is low. (dont tell me that its bcoz of government. )

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