The Most Powerful Passports 2022: UK and US Have Dropped Down

Holders of US passports can travel to 186 destinations worldwide visa-free.

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Worlds Most Powerful Passports 2022

Holders of US passports can travel to 186 destinations worldwide visa-free.

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Holders of passports from Japan, Singapore and South Korea enjoy the most significant global access based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The new Henley Passport Index ranks these passports as the most powerful in 2022, their holders can travel to more than 190 countries visa-free or with visa-on-arrival. However, these travellers are currently the most reluctant to enjoy their travel freedom. Passenger demand in the Asia-Pacific region has only reached 17 per cent of pre-Covid levels, according to IATA. This figure is far behind the global trend, where markets in Europe and North America have recovered to around 60 per cent of pre-crisis travel levels.

The UK and US have dropped down a rank, to 6th and 7th place respectively. European states dominate the rest of the top ten spots, with Germany and Spain in joint third place (access to 190 destinations). Finland, Italy, and Luxembourg follow closely behind in joint fourth place (189). At the other end of the ranking, Afghanistan remains at the bottom of the index, with its passport holders only able to access 27 destinations worldwide visa-free.

Henley Passport Index Q3 2002 Global Ranking: Top Ten

1. Japan (293 Visa-free score)

2. Singapore / South Korea (192)

3. Germany / Spain (190)

4. Finland, Italy, Luxembourg (189)

5. Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden (188)

6. France, Ireland, Portugal, United Kingdom (187)

7. Belgium, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, United States (186)

8. Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Greece, Malta (185)

9. Hungary (183)

10. Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia (182)

 

Passports have bounced back

Christian H. Kaelin, Chairman of Henley & Partners and inventor of the passport index concept has found, through research conducted by his company, that top-ranking passports have bounced back almost to pre-pandemic levels in terms of access. By comparing the current status of travel freedom with the most severe Covid-related restrictions imposed over the past few years, the results show that UK and US passport holders now have unrestricted access to 158 destinations around the world. At the height of the pandemic in 2020, this went down to 74 and 56 destinations respectively. Japanese passport holders enjoy unrestricted access to 161 destinations in 2022, compared to only 76 in 2020.

Correlation between passport power and peacefulness

Lower-ranking passports are beginning to recover as well: Indian passport holders now have roughly the same travel freedom as they did pre-pandemic (57 destinations). On the other hand, Russian passport holders are more cut off from the rest of the world than ever before; the Russian passport currently sits at number 50 on the index, with a visa-free or visa-on-arrival score of 119. The Ukrainian passport is currently ranked number 35 on the index (144 destinations). Research conducted by Henley & Partners shows a strong correlation between a nation’s passport power and its peacefulness. All countries sitting in the top ten of the Henley Passport Index can also be found in the top ten of the Global Peace Index. Likewise, for the bottom ranking nations.