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Passport Ranking for 2023

Updated: Oct 19, 2023


Pakistani passports were once again recognised in the weakest performing passports of the world, holding onto their position from the previous year. Pakistan as a nation came in fourth place overall for the first quarter of 2023 in terms of the worst passport to hold, slightly ahead of the war-torn nations of Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.


India in comparison is now ranked 85th overall after moving up five spots this year.


199 passports and 227 travel destinations are listed in the index, which is based on information from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Along with the ranking, the index also includes a visa-free score, which indicates how many places citizens of each country's passport can visit without needing a visa in advance.


A score of 1 is generated for the passport if a visa is not necessary. The same holds true if you are able to secure a visa, visitor's permission, or electronic travel authority (ETA) upon arrival.


Below is the list of ten strongest and weakest passports ever issued.


10 Strongest Passports


1. Japan (193 Visa Free Countries)

2. Singapore, South Korea (192 Visa Free Countries)

3. Germany, Spain (190 Visa Free Countries)

4. Finland, Italy, Luxembourg (189 Visa Free Countries)

5. Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden (188 Visa Free Countries)

6. France, Ireland, Portugal, United Kingdom (187 Visa Free Countries)

7. Belgium, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland United States (186 Visa Free Countries)

8. Australia, Canada, Greece, Malta (185 Visa Free Countries)

9. Hungary, Poland (184 Visa Free Countries)

10. Lithuania, Slovakia (183 Visa Free Countries)


10 Weakest Passports


100. Congo, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Sudan

101. Bangladesh, Kosovo, Libya

102. North Korea

103. Nepal, Palestine

104. Somalia

105. Yemen

106. Pakistan

107. Syria

108. Iraq

109. Afghanistan


Abdo Rafiq and Partners is a full service international law firm, we provide end – to – end solutions on citizenship and residency by investment programs for numerous countries worldwide. We have local offices in the UAE, London and Pakistan to advise our clients face to face in obtaining these opportunities and to secure travel access and mobility for themselves and their families.


Contact us today on immigration@arplawgroup.com or 800-ARP-LAW (800-277-529) and talk to one of our experienced team members for further details.


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