PAKISTANI PASSPORT SHOWS IMPROVEMENT IN RANKING- 2019
Pakistani passport has improved its rank by two spots in the passport index of H&Ps ( Henley& Partners Passport Index).
As per Henley’s Passport Index- January 2019, Pakistani passport is ranked at the fifth-worst passport throughout the globe occupying the 102nd position which ranked on the 104th spot previously allowing its holders to enjoy the visa-free access to only 33 countries out of 195 countries of the cosmos.
Being on fifth-worst Pakistan is still better than the four-Somalia, Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq that are at the lowest.
Currently, Japan is enjoying the topmost rank on the Hanley’s Index, it is considered to possess the most powerful passport having visa-free access to 190 countries globally.
Singapore and South Korea are spotted on the 2nd rank with access to 189 destinations. Whereas Germany & France with the access of 188 countries are on 3rd place and Danmark, Italy, Finland & Sweden possess 4th position having access to 187 destinations worldwide.
As for The United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America are slid down one rank and stand at the sixth spot with access to 185 countries worldwide.
On the other hand, China has jumped at about 20 places within two years and currently spots at 69th rank with an access of 74 destinations. And India, the neighboring country of Pakistan, has retained the 81st position having access to 60 countries, which was 56 in the previous index.
Below are the 10 most powerful passport accessing countries in the world:
1. Japan (190 countries)
2. Singapore, South Korea (189)
3. France, Germany (188)
4. Denmark, Finland, Italy, Sweden (187)
5. Luxembourg, Spain (186)
6. Austria, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States (185)
7. Belgium, Canada, Greece, Ireland (184)
8. Czech Republic (183)
9. Malta (182)
10. Australia, Iceland, New Zealand (181)
Below are the five least powerful passport accessing countries in the world:
1. Eritrea (38)
2. Yemen (37)
3. Pakistan (33)
4. Somalia, Syria (32)
5. Afghanistan, Iraq (30)