It has been a while that Pakistani passport is considered as one of the worst passports among the rankings. The Pakistani passport is ranked lower in the latest ranking of the world’s most powerful passports.
The Passport Index, which ranks the 193 UN member countries based on their mobility rate, puts Pakistan at 70th place with a score of 38.
It means that Pakistani passport holders can travel to 38 countries without a visa requirement. Besides, Pakistanis have visa-free access to up to eight countries, while they require visa-on-arrival for 30 countries.
The countries that Pakistanis can visit without going through exhausting visa approvals are Cambodia, Maldives, Nepal, Timor-Leste, Cape Verde Islands, Comores Islands, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Cook Islands, Micronesia, Niue, Palau Islands, Samoa, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Dominica, Haiti, Montserrat, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Qatar. Besides these, eight require travelers to obtain a visa-on-arrival.
Who is the most powerful then?
According to the latest ranking, New Zealand, the first country to overcome Covid-19, now has the world’s most powerful passport with a score of 129. Kiwi passport holders don’t require a visa to enter 86 countries, while 43 countries offer them a visa-on-arrival facility.
Meanwhile, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Ireland, Japan, South Korea, and Australia are second on the list, all with a mobility rate of 128.
Furthermore, Sweden, Belgium, France, Finland, Italy, and Spain are at the third spot, while the UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, Lithuania, Norway, Iceland, and Canada, are in fourth place. With access to 128 and 127 countries respectively.
It is pertinent to mention that the United States is missing from the top 10 list. The reason is quite visible. It is most likely due to the travel restrictions following the pandemic outbreak in the country. The USA now ranks at 21st place in the passport rankings.
Moreover, Afghanistan and Iraq are at the bottom, having a visa-free and visa-on-arrival access to 31 countries only.
Effects of the Pandemic on rankings
The Passport Index noted that the Covid-19 pandemic influenced the travel impact and overall ‘World Openness.’
Despite significant fluctuations in passport power over the past year, the Passport Index has updated the passport rankings in real-time, showing the real impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on passport ratings.
Top 10 Passport Power Rankings
1. New Zealand; 129
2. Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Ireland, South Korea, Japan, Australia; 128
3. Sweden, Belgium, France, Finland, Italy, Spain; 127
4. Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, Lithuania, Norway, Iceland, UK, Canada; 126
5. Malta, Slovenia, Latvia; 125
6. Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Liechtenstein; 124
7. Slovakia; 123
8. Cyprus, Croatia, Monaco; 121
9. Romania, Bulgaria; 120
10. San Marino, Andorra, Uruguay; 115
Worst 10 Passport Power Rankings
66. Sudan; 44
67. Bangladesh, South Sudan; 43
68. Ethiopia, Lebanon, Libya, Nepal, Eritrea; 42
69. Myanmar[Burma], North Korea; 41
70. PAKISTAN; 38
71. Palestinian Territories, Iran; 37
72. Yemen; 36
73. Somalia; 35
74. Syria; 34
75. Afghanistan, Iraq; 31
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