Pakistani Passport Retains Status As Fourth-Worst In The World

According to The Henley Passport Index, a London-based immigration consultancy, Pakistan’s passport has maintained its position as the fourth-worst in the world.

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In the Q3 2023 Global Ranking released on Tuesday, Pakistan retained the same ranking it held in the previous year and in December 2022, placing ahead of only Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Scoring methodology

Although there has been a slight improvement from last year, with a score of 33 compared to 32, Pakistan still faces limited visa-free travel opportunities. The index assigns a score of 1 to passports that do not require a visa for a particular destination or allow visas on arrival, visitor’s permits, or electronic travel authorities (ETAs) for entry.

Top of the list

According to the latest report from The Henley Passport Index, Singapore has overtaken Japan to claim the title of the world’s most powerful passport. Singaporean passport holders can enjoy visa-free entry or obtain a visa on arrival in 192 destinations worldwide. After holding the top position for five years, Japan has now dropped to third place due to a decrease in the number of destinations accessible without a prior visa.

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In second place on the index are Germany, Italy, and Spain, followed by Austria, Finland, France, Japan, Luxembourg, South Korea, and Sweden in third place, respectively. The United States, which held the top ranking nearly a decade ago, has slid two places to eighth, while the United Kingdom has risen two places to claim fourth position, a rank it last held in 2017.

The Henley Passport Index relies on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Henley & Partners’ research team. They analyze 199 passports against 227 potential travel destinations, updating the scores throughout the year to reflect changing conditions.

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In addition to its passport ranking, Singapore has also become an attractive destination for wealthy Chinese individuals seeking to relocate their assets and enjoy a vibrant lifestyle. This influx can be attributed to China’s recent crackdown on private enterprise and concerns over geopolitical tensions.

Furthermore, Singapore has been identified as the most expensive city in the world for luxury living in the Global Wealth & Lifestyle Report 2023 published by Julius Baer Group LTD, a Swiss wealth management firm.

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