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Pakistani Passport ranked fourth worst

Pakistani passport only ranks better than the passports of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan

By Web Desk
January 08, 2020
Photo: File 

The Henley Passport Index  has named the Pakistani passport as the fourth worst for international travel. 

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, placed Pakistan on 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 two 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 10 most powerful passports in the world:

1. Japan (191 destinations)

2. Singapore (190)

3. South Korea, Germany (189)

4. Italy, Finland (188)

5. Spain, Luxembourg, Denmark (187)

6. Sweden, France (186)

7. Switzerland, Portugal, Netherlands, Ireland, Austria (185)

8. United States, United Kingdom, Norway, Greece, Belgium (184)

9. New Zealand, Malta, Czech Republic, Canada, Australia (183)

10. Slovakia, Lithuania, Hungary (181)

Here are the five least powerful passports in the world:

1. Afghanistan (26)

2. Iraq (28)

3. Syria (29)

4. Pakistan, Somalia (32)

5. Yemen