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Pakistan’s Passport is Now the Fourth Weakest in the World

Pakistan now hold fourth-weakest passport in the world, down one spot.

The global citizenship and residence advice firm Henley & Partners published a research on the reliability of passports for various nations and territories.

Pakistan is currently in position 100. Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan are the nations listed after Pakistan.

Japan, which had topped the list for the previous five years, has dropped to third place as Singapore now has the title of most sought passport in the world.

Second place is now shared by Germany, Italy, and Spain, who now have visa-free travel to 190 countries.

Japan has dropped to third place.

Japan has dropped to third place, sharing it with Austria, Finland, France, Luxembourg, South Korea, and Sweden, as well as six other countries.

All of these nationals are eligible to travel to 189 locations without a prior visa.

Out of the 227 countries, Singaporeans are permitted to travel to at least 193 of them without a visa.

The UK is now in fourth place, up two spots from where it was in 2017. Along with those from Ireland, Denmark, and the Netherlands, its nationals have visa-free access to 188 nations. With access to 184 countries without a visa, the United States drops another two spots to eighth position, continuing its decline down the index that has now lasted ten years.

The UK and the US shared first place on the index in 2014, but since then, they have been generally declining.


The Henley Passport Index, which created the ranking, relied solely on information from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). It examines the number of nations that passport holders can visit without getting a visa first.

According to a statement from Henley Passport Index, “the average number of destinations travelers are able to access visa-free has nearly doubled from 58 in 2006 to 109 in 2023, reflecting the general trend over the 18-year history of the ranking towards greater travel freedom.”

However, the gap between those at the top and bottom of the ranking in terms of global mobility is now bigger than it has ever been, with Singapore, which is placed first, having access to 165 more countries without a visa than Afghanistan.

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