Pakistani passport remains fifth-worst globally: Henly index

Japanese citizens are able to enter the most countries without needing a visa. Credit. Creative Commons

Smit said, "The Henley Passport Index is an important tool for measuring not only the relative strength of the world's passports but also the extraordinary results that states can achieve when they work hand in hand with their global peers to build a more interconnected and collaborative world". Belgians, Canadians and Greeks can also go to 184 countries without a visa.

Pakistani passport has moved up two spots on the 2019 Henley Passport Index but continues to remain the fifth-worst passport globally, offering its holders visa-free access to just 33 countries.

Meanwhile, Japan has entered the New Year holding first place on the index with citizens enjoying visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to 190 countries.

European countries also performed favorably, with European Union member states (along with Norway and the US) filling in the places behind the top three nations - although the United Kingdom continues to drop down the rankings, along with the US.

Denmark, Finland, Italy, and Sweden now hold joint fourth place, while Spain and Luxembourg are in 5th.

While people argue over whether British passports should be blue or red, the document has tumbled down the table, falling from the top spot which it held a year ago.

Previously, both Singapore and Japan had access to 189 countries and shared top place.

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The New Zealand passport was named as the 10th most powerful with visa free access to 181 countries, sharing the spot with Australia and Iceland - a drop from eighth place in 2018.

South Koreans have one of the strongest passports in the world, . because Korean passports don't require a prior visa to travel to most countries.

In collaboration with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and based on official data from their global database Henley & Partners has analyzed the visa regulations of all the countries and territories in the world since 2006.

As in 2018, countries with citizenship-by-investment (CBI) programs continue to hold their strong positions on the index.

Several countries around the world have visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to fewer than 40 countries.

The index is updated in real time throughout the year as and when visa policy changes come into effect.

'In 2006, a citizen, on average, could travel to 58 destinations without needing a visa from the host nation; by the end of 2018, this number had almost doubled to 107'.

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