Passports of Japan, Singapore and South Korea lead the world

Dr. Malini Yugendran

Auckland, January 12, 2023

New Zealand passport ranked 7thth the world’s most powerful passport in the 2023 Henley Passport Index, it shares the spot with the United States of America, Belgium, Norway, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

New Zealand passport holders can travel to 186 countries without a visa or with a visa upon arrival. The rating reflects the country’s excellent diplomatic relations with other countries, as well as more convenient travel options.

The Henley Passport Index is considered useful for the business, cultural and educational sectors as it can also be used as an indicator of a country’s economic, political and social stability.

Asia leads the world

Three Asian countries took the first two positions. The Japanese passport gives its citizens visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to 193 destinations around the world. Singapore and South Korea came in second, with citizens having access to 192 countries.

Malaysia is ranked 14th with access to travel to 179 countries. Fiji ranks 62ndth place with access to 88 countries. India ranked 85th, up two places from last year, with visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 59 countries.

The last five positions according to the Henley Passport Index are:

105th position – Yemen (34 destinations)

106th position – Pakistan (32 destinations)

107th position – Syria (30 destinations)

108th position – Iraq (29 directions)

109th position – Afghanistan (27 directions)

Henley Passport Postcode

The Henley Passport Index ranks all passports in the world by the number of countries that their holders can enter without a visa. The index is based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and is constantly updated as visa waiver agreements change.

The freedom of movement score, which is the number of places for which a passport holder does not require a visa prior to arrival, determines the ranking. Due to the dynamic nature of the visa regime and international agreements, a country’s passport rating changes over time.

The Henley Passport Index is updated quarterly to reflect changes in visa policy.

Other indices

There are a number of additional robust passport indices that are widely used to assess the strength of passports. Among the most famous of them:

The Passport Index and Visa Restrictions Index, like the Henley Passport Index, ranks passports based on the number of countries to which passport holders have visa-free or on-arrival access.

In addition to visa-free or visa-on-arrival statistics, the Global Passport Power Rank also takes into account other parameters, such as the total population and area of ​​various countries, as well as their total GDP.

The Nomad Passport Index is based on travel flexibility, personal freedom and international taxes.

It is worth noting that all of these indices use similar methods to rank passports and therefore tend to produce similar results, but they may differ slightly in their criteria or weighting of various factors.

Dr. Malini Yugendran Indian news link Reporter from Auckland.

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