New Zealand ranks sixth for the world’s most powerful passport, along with Belgium, Norway, Switzerland and United States. Wonderfully, it includes access to 186 countries without a visa.
Meanwhile, Singapore and Japan are the top passport holders again for 2022, with access to 192 countries. 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.
In second place, Germany and South Korea tied with access to 190 countries without a visa. Additionally, Spain, Italy, Finland and Luxembourg tied for third place, with access to 189 countries. Differently, 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. Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands (188)
5. Ireland, France, United Kingdom, Portugal (187)
6. Belgium, United States, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland (186)
7. Australia, Canada, Greece, Malta, Czech Republic (185)
8. Hungary (183)
9. Slovakia, Lithuania, Poland (182)
10. Slovenia, Latvia, Estonia (181)
The powerful passport database is updated frequently as it takes fluctuations in visas into account. Indeed, the pandemic and war in Ukraine came into play for powerful passports ranking scores. For example, Ukrainian passports increased to 34th on the list. Meanwhile, Russian passports fell to 49th due to sanctions, travel restrictions and more.
Words by Megan Zara Walsh.