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For international travellers heading to or from the traditionally non-tourist centric regions, restrictions are nothing new. Depending on the country in which your passport is issued, you may be prevented from entering a certain region, generally the result of geopolitical updates and safety concerns. The good news is that there are a number of organisations dedicated to tracking passport power across the globe, the most prevalent of which is the Henley Passport Index.

What is the Henley Passport Index?

While it sounds simple enough, there is actually a points system at use here. According to Henley,


A recent update to the Henley Passport Index revealed that many EU countries have dramatically reduced travel options for Russian passport holders, in light of the recent conflict in Ukraine. More specifically, Henley suggests that airspace has been blocked to Russian aeroplanes, while a number of regions have stopped processing visas and golden passport applications altogether. Conversely, Ukrainian passport holders now have new rights to live and work in Europe for up to three years, helping to combat “a gap that is likely to increase even further in the coming months as a result of the conflict”. According to Dr Christian H. Kaelin, chairman of Henley & Partners and the inventor of the passport index concept, the latest update provides a unique snapshot of a volatile and rapidly changing world.

Geopolitical Updates

Short of opening your suitcase and cycling through the selection of identities, each of varying nationality and citizenship,  the likelihood of scoring one of these comes firmly down to birth and location. That being said, changing citizenship can be done, it just requires some time and effort. Here are the best passports to have in 2022, according to the Henley Passport Index.

Best Passports in 2022

Holding joint first place in the index rankings, Japan and Singapore passport holders are able to access 192 destinations around the world visa-free. Importantly, the figures do not take temporary COVID restrictions into account, so while the data is up to date, it’s entirely reflective of the current situation. The high GDP countries offer flexible travel between neighbours, making border crossing far simpler.

1. Japan/Singapore

Similarly, Germany and South Korea have also negotiated extensive visa-free travel deals with accompanying countries. The two powerhouses from very different sides of the world each offer 190 visa-free travel destinations to passport holders, a significant amount for those lucky enough to hold the document.

2. Germany/South Korea

Rounding out the top three is a four-way tie between Finland, Italy, Luxembourg and Spain. Each of the European nations offers passport holders a total of 189 visa-free travel destinations, with a vast majority of regions across their home continents available to visit.

3. Finland/Italy/Luxembourg/Spain

Most Powerful Passports in 2022 (Full List)

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