Despite the rather small size of Hungary, from time to time, it has made it onto the list of the best passports in the world, and in the past two years, it has been in the top 10 even. This year, Hungary has managed to improve its score, placing higher among the top 10.
The Henley Passport Index has been compiled by Henley & Partners since 2006. It ranks all 199 countries around the globe, utilising the data of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). According to Index, the list is compiled by taking into account where, out of the 227 destinations, a given country’s passport is allowed to travel without needing a visa.
If they allow travel there, they get a point, but if the destination requires a prior visa, then it does not get a point. In this way, it is possible to have multiple passports with the same score, so there are a couple of places in the top 10 where there are more countries tied for the rank.
As you can see, the best passports in the world are from Japan and Singapore. With these passports, you can visit up to 192 destinations without a visa prior to your travel.
This also includes destinations where you can acquire a visa at the border of the destination. If you want to travel, you need to keep that in mind. The second-best passports let you travel to 190 destinations, meaning that the competition is tough. In seventh place, where the most tied passports are, they let you travel to 185 destinations.
That is where Hungary comes in. According to Nlc, last year, Hungary’s passport allowed entry to 182 destinations, but this time, the country has improved on this by one point, which put Hungary from 10th place to 9th.
Index says that back in 2014, the list was led by Anglo-Saxon countries, but for the past few years and in 2021 as well, the top 10 passports have been dominated by European countries, save the first rank.
The three worst passports on the list are Syria with 29 destinations in 114th place. Iraq’s passport allows travel to 28 destinations without prior visa, and it was ranked 115th. The worst passport, according to 2021 data, is Afghanistan in 116th place, allowing entry only to 26 destinations out of the 227.