World’s most powerful passports list for 2023 is out! Where does Pakistan stand?

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After the Covid pandemic, the return to everyday life was a relief for many as citizens from across the globe started travelling to other countries. A few countries managed to have access and mobility to foreign markets and economies.

Lately, Britain’s Henley and Partners, a noted residence advisory firm, issued the Index for this year, ranking 199 passports worldwide.

Pakistani passport is still the fourth worst in the world


The key of the fifth most populous nation was ranked 106th and performed worst akin to previous years, as even war-torn countries like Palestine, Somalia, and Yemen remained above Pakistan.

It’s been years since the Pakistani passport continues to be among the least desirable countries, allowing easy access to citizens for only 32 destinations.


Several factors, including the steady economy, law and order situation, democratic norms, and politics, decide the value of a country’s travel document,  as masses mostly attempt to escape countries with poor socio-economicsituationsn.

A more vital passport reflects better financial freedoms in investing and commercial ventures.

However, the Henley Passport Index, which claims to be the original ranking of all the world’s passports, analyzes data taken from International Air Transport Association which manages inter-airline assistance at the world level.


Henley released quarterly ranking according to visa policy changes.

Best-performing countries in the Index

Japan, again managed to top the list, allowing its national visit to 193 countries with easy access.

  • Japan (193 destinations)
  • Singapore, South Korea (192 goals)
  • Germany, Spain (190 goals)
  • Finland, Italy, Luxembourg (189 goals)
  • Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden (188 goals)
  • France, Ireland, Portugal, United Kingdom (187 goals)
  • Belgium, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, the United States, Czech Republic (186 goals)
  • Australia, Canada, Greece, Malta (185 goals)
  • Hungary, Poland (184 goals)
  • Lithuania, Slovakia (183 goals)

Least potent passport for 2023

Here’s the list of passports remaining at the bottom, with Pakistan’s neighbour Afghanistan remaining the ‘worst passports’ to hold.

  • North Korea (40 destinations)
  • Nepal, Palestinian territory (38 goals)
  • Somalia (35 goals)
  • Yemen (34 goals)
  • Pakistan (32 goals)
  • Syria (30 goals)
  • Iraq (29 goals)
  • Afghanistan (27 goals)



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