[divider style=”solid” top=”25″ bottom=”25″][dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen travelling overseas you need a passport. Without it the immigration officers will not clear you to travel. In some cases, you may also need a visa to allow you to enter the country of destination. Some passports are more stronger than others depending on the number of countries you can visit without requiring a visa before boarding that plane.
We look at the world’s most powerful passports in 2022 according to Henley Passport Index.
Japan is now has the most powerful passport in the world. With a Japanese passport, you can travel to 193 countries without requiring a visa or you can get a visa on arrival.
As of 19 September 2022, Singaporean citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 192 countries and territories, ranking the Singapore passport the second most powerful in the world and in Asia (tied with the South Korean passport) in terms of travel freedom, according to the Henley Passport Index.
The South Korea passport remains one of the most powerful in the world, tying for second place with Singapore in allowing visa-free entry to 192 countries.
The German passport currently ranks on the 3rd place according to the Guide Passport Ranking Index. It provides visa-free access to 191 countries. It is considered one of the most desirable passports in the world with a very high mobility score.
Spain ties with Germany at number 3. With a German passport you can visit over 190 countries making it one of the world’s most powerful passports in 2022.
Finland also has one of the world’s most powerful passports in 2022 allowing its holder to travel 189 countries without a visa.
Tying with Finland is Italy &Luxembourg both European countries. These passports allow you to travel 189 countries without a visa.
The Henley Passport Index is the original, authoritative ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa. The index is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) – the largest, most accurate travel information database – and enhanced by Henley & Partners’ research team.
The reason for passport strength or weakness is not clear but director of the Centre for Governance and Sustainability at NUS Business School Professor Lawrence Loh says, that the high regard for a passport reflects the fine international reputation that a country has on the global stage, particularly its strong national governance.
“It is also indicative of the quality human talent. Most significantly, I think the passport status speaks well of the trust overseas stakeholders have on a country’s brand name.”