Travel TrendsJapan and Singapore win the honours with visa-free travel access to 192 destinations, according to the latest Henley Passport Index.

Which passport takes the crown in 2022?

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Singapore and Japan take the top spot with a score of 192 destinations on the Henley Passport Index.
Singapore and Japan take the top spot with a score of 192 destinations on the Henley Passport Index. Photo Credit: gettyimages/tang90246

The power of visa-free travel and going anywhere in the world is made easier with Japan and Singapore passports, according to the latest Henley Passport Index. Both countries broke the record with a mobility count of 192 destinations, not taking into account temporary Covid-19 restrictions.

Taking the number two spot is another couple – Germany and South Korea – with visa-free access to 190 destinations. Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, and Spain share the third position with a score of 189.

Moving up the index to sixth place are US and UK passports with a score of 186, after falling to eighth place in 2020.

Based on exclusive data from International Air Transport Association (IATA), the index highlighted that travel freedom levels have expanded significantly over the last two decades. An individual could, on average, visit 57 countries in 2006 visa-free as compared to 107 countries today.

A widening divide between wealthier countries and poorer ones was also reflected. For instance, nationals from countries such as Sweden and the US are able to visit more than 180 destinations visa-free, while passport holders from Angola, Cameroon, and Laos can only enter about 50.

"Passports and visas are among the most important instruments impacting social inequality worldwide as they determine opportunities for global mobility. The borders within which we happen to be born, and the documents we are entitled to hold, are no less arbitrary than our skin colour.

“Wealthier states need to encourage positive inward migration to help redistribute and rebalance human and material resources worldwide,” commented Dr. Christian H. Kaelin, Chairman of Henley & Partners and the inventor of the passport index concept on the importance of opening up migration channels to facilitate post-pandemic recovery.

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