According to the Henley Passport Index, Pakistan holds the fourth weakest passport globally. Out of 227 countries evaluated, Pakistan ranks 100th, granting its citizens access to only 33 visa-free destinations. Meanwhile, Singapore clinches the top spot with a remarkable 193 visa-free destinations, followed by Germany, Italy, and Spain.
The rankings show a decline for the United States and the United Kingdom. While the UK has improved, moving to the fourth position, the US now sits at the eighth spot, providing visa-free access to 183 destinations.
There are more countries than ever before in the Top 10 ranking of the Henley Passport Index as the battle for first place becomes increasingly competitive.
— Henley & Partners (@HenleyPartners) July 18, 2023
The Henley Passport Index, which relies on International Air Transport Association (IATA) data, is regularly updated to reflect visa policy changes. Over the years, the average number of visa-free destinations for travelers has nearly doubled, rising from 58 in 2006 to 109 in 2023.
Despite this progress, a considerable disparity in travel freedom remains between the top and bottom-ranked nations. Conflict-ridden countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria have the least travel privileges, with access to just 27, 29, and 30 destinations, respectively.
Henley & Partners emphasized the general trend towards greater travel freedom, as people now enjoy more opportunities to explore the world without visa constraints. However, this index underscores the ongoing challenges faced by nationals from certain countries in accessing international destinations freely.
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