Henley & Partners made a new list ranking the best passports. The Henley Passport Index has been updated for the first quarter of 2022.
A London-based consulting firm, Henley & Partners, made a new list ranking the best passports. The company has been making lists since 2006, writes Forbes.hu. Henley & Partners ranks passports based on how easily one can travel with the document. Another factor is the number of countries that require a visa if someone has a certain passport.
In 2006, an average traveller could have travelled to 57 countries around the world without a passport. This average has since risen to 107. Inequalities are also present.
For example, with a Japanese or Singapore passport, one can travel to as many as 192 countries. With a passport issued from Afghanistan, Iraq or Syria, travel without a visa is possible to only 30 countries.
The index does not take temporary restrictions into account, writes CNN. The news site further explains that “the Omicron variant shone a light on a growing divide in international mobility between wealthier countries and poor ones, pointing towards the tough restrictions introduced against mainly African nations that U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres described as being akin to travel apartheid.”
The news site also adds that the overall freedom levels expanded. However, as they write, “these new freedoms are primarily enjoyed by Europe, North America, and richer Asian nations.” Passports issued from Angola, Cameroon, and Laos are able to enter about 50 countries.
Over the course of 16 years, Ukraine added 109 countries to the list. The United Arab Emirates added 140 destinations. The United States added 56 locations, Canada added 60, Mexico added 61. Africa and the Middle East are at a disadvantage, though.
But which passports are “the best”? The list goes as follows:
Source: Forbes, CNN