Pakistani passport has been ranked the fourth worst in the world by a global index that grades travel documents from different countries on the basis of international mobility enjoyed by their holders.
The Henley Passport Index is a ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.
It has exclusive access to data from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA). It compares the visa-free access of 199 different passports to 227 different travel destinations.
The index is updated quarterly and is considered the standard reference tool for global citizens and sovereign states when assessing where a passport ranks on the global mobility spectrum.
Pakistan is placed in the 108th position on the list, the fourth-worst in the index, with visa-free access to only 31 destinations across the world.
This is the third consecutive year when Pakistan’s passport has been ranked as the fourth worst in the world. Only Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan are below it in the list.
The Henley Passport Index: Q1 2022 Global Ranking
Further down the top 10, the rankings remain virtually unchanged as we enter the first quarter of 2022. South Korea is tied with Germany in second place (with a score of 190) and Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, and Spain are all together in third place (with a score of 189.
EU countries dominate the top of the list as usual, with France, Netherlands, and Sweden climbing one spot to join Austria and Denmark in fourth place (with a score of 188). Ireland and Portugal are in fifth place (with a score of 187).
The United States and the United Kingdom, which held the top spot together back in 2014, have regained a little ground
A Pakistani passport holder, as per the index, requires visas for 196 travel destinations across the globe. Meanwhile, India ranks 84th on the list, with visa-free access to 59 destinations across the globe.
Pakistan acquired its best rank in 2006 when it was placed on number 76 on the index. Last year, it was placed on number 113. In other news, Pakistan also managed to secure the fourth position as the most expensive country last year.
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