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Pakistani passport ranked as 5th worst in the world

ISLAMABAD: The green passport has been ranked as one of the worst passports for international travel.

The Pakistani passport was ranked fifth worst in the Henley Passport Index.

The Henley Passport Index, which is a ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa, placed Pakistan on 102nd position. Pakistani passport holders have visa-free access to only 33 countries.

The Pakistani passport is better than only four other countries: Somalia, Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Japan passport was the best among the countries ranked in the Index. The Asian nation has come out on top in the index, which is revised quarterly, for the second time in a row.

South Korea and Singapore jointly grabbed the second spot with access to 189 jurisdictions.

Among Asian countries, China jumped almost 20 places in just two years, from 85th in 2017 to 69th this year.

European countries also performed favourably, with France and Germany filling the third position and Denmark, Italy, Finland and Sweden taking the fourth spot with visa-free access to 187 countries.

The United States ranked sixth along with the United Kingdom with visa-free access to 185 countries. Meanwhile, Canada ranked seventh.

Here are the 10 most powerful passports 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)