These are the most powerful passports in the world in 2022

While your passport may not feel like the most powerful weapon in your possession, citizenship firm Henley and Partners has still published its first passport index of 2022.

The Henley Passport Index is an authoritative ranking of all the world’s passports. It ranks according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.

With Covid restricting our freedom to travel, it’s more important than ever to hold a passport that ranks high on this list.

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How do these nations stack up? © Canva

The passport index reveals that the pandemic has resulted in the widest global mobility gap in the index’s 16-year history.

Japan and Singapore took out joint first place. If you hold either of these passports you can travel to 192 destinations.

In second place, with access to 190 countries, is Germany and South Korea.

Europe dominated, with Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain coming in equal third position.

Down the other end of the list, the lowest ranked passport, Afghanistan, will only give automatic entry into 26 countries.

How does the Aussie passport rank?

Your dust-collecting Aussie passport is more valuable than you think.

It’s come in equal seventh position alongside Canada, Czech Republic, Greece and Malta.

With an Aussie passport in your possession you can visit 185 destinations.

The top 10

  1. Japan, Singapore (192 destinations)
  2. Germany, South Korea (190)
  3. Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain (189)
  4. Austria, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Sweden (188)
  5. Ireland, Portugal (187)
  6. Belgium, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States (186)
  7. Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Greece, Malta (185)
  8. Hungary, Poland (183)
  9. Lithuania, Slovakia (182)
  10. Estonia, Latvia, Slovenia (181)

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