Singaporeans can rejoice because they hold one of the world’s most powerful passports along with Japan. This ranking is based on The Henley Passport Index, and includes 199 different passports and 227 travel destinations.
The passports are ranked using exclusive data from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA). Equally, they are based on how many countries their holders can travel to without a visa prior to arrival. Wonderfully, passport holders in both Singapore and Japan can travel to 192 countries without a prior visa, hence why they tied for first place.
In second place, Germany and South Korea tied with access to 190 countries without a visa. Meanwhile, Spain, Italy, Finland and Luxembourg tied for third place, with access to 189 countries. According to the Index, Afghanistan ranks as the worst passport in the world, with access to just 26 countries.
Here are the 10 top most powerful passports for 2022:
1. Singapore, Japan (192 countries)
2. Germany, South Korea (190)
3. Finland, Italy, Spain, Luxembourg (189)
4. France, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Austria (188)
5. Portugal, Ireland (187)
6. Belgium, Norway, United Kingdom, United States, Switzerland, New Zealand (186)
7. Australia, Canada, Greece, Malta, Czech Republic (185)
8. Hungary, Poland (183)
9. Slovakia, Lithuania (182)
10. Slovenia, Latvia, Estonia (181)
Indeed, the pandemic came into play for powerful passports ranking scores. Recently, vaccinated Singaporeans were allowed to travel to various countries worldwide again on the VTL travel scheme. Hopefully, we see more of this in 2022.