The Pakistani passport has been ranked as the fourth worst passport for international travel by the Henley Passport Index.
The Henley Passport Index, which is a ranking of all the world’s passports based on the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa, placed Pakistan at the 104th position.
Last year, the Pakistani passport had been ranked as the fifth-worst passport to hold.
It now fares 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. However, Henley Passport Index went on to put Yemen, Libya, Nepal, and Palestine above Pakistan on the list.
What’s more unsettling is that Pakistan was declared as the best travel destination of 2020 by Forbes recently, despite that it was ranked among the worst passports.
Japan retained the top spot with the world’s most powerful passport. The Asian nation has come out on top in the index for the third time in a row. Other Asian countries in the most powerful passport list are Singapore, which stands at the second spot, and South Korea tying with Germany in third place.
European countries also performed favorably, with Finland sitting at fourth and Spain, Luxembourg and Denmark sharing the fifth spot. Sweden and France took the sixth spot on the list.
The United States dropped two places to eighth, sharing the spot with the United Kingdom, Norway, Greenland, and Belgium. Meanwhile, Canada ranked ninth.
The United Arab Emirates also climbed up 47 places to 18th place, with a visa-free or visa-on-arrival score of 171.
Here are the 10 most powerful passports in the world:
- Japan (191 destinations)
- Singapore (190)
- South Korea, Germany (189)
- Italy, Finland (188)
- Spain, Luxembourg, Denmark (187)
- Sweden, France (186)
- Switzerland, Portugal, Netherlands, Ireland, Austria (185)
- United States, United Kingdom, Norway, Greece, Belgium (184)
- New Zealand, Malta, Czech Republic, Canada, Australia (183)
- Slovakia, Lithuania, Hungary (181)
Here are the five least powerful passports in the world:
- Afghanistan (Destinations 26)
- Iraq (28)
- Syria (29)
- Pakistan, Somalia (32)