The Pakistani passport has been ranked among the five worst passports globally in a list of countries that enjoy visa-free or visa on arrival access.
Pakistani passport moved up two spots, ranking 102, from the previous 104th spot, on the newly unveiled list of Henley Passport Index 2019. However, as was the case with the 2018 index, the Pakistani passport is better than only four other countries: Somalia, Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.
The index ranks all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa. It is updated in real-time as and when visa-policy changes come into effect, according to reports in Dawn.
While Sri Lanka is on the 95th spot, India is on joint 79th spot alongside Benin, Morocco, Mongolia and Armenia and Bangladesh on 97th with access to visa-free/visa-on-arrival to 41 countries. The US and the UK passports slipped down at joint sixth place, with access to 185 destinations. While China’s continued to climb up the ranking list sitting on 69th spot, with access to 74 countries around the world.
Japan holds the top spot on the Henley Passport Index for the second year running, offering citizens visa-free access to a record 190 destinations, whereas Singapore continues to hold 2nd place, along with South Korea, which has moved up from 3rd place, with citizens able to access 189 destinations.
The ranking is based on data from the International Air Transport Association, which maintains the world’s largest and database of travel information, and it is enhanced by extensive, ongoing research by the Henley & Partners Research Department.