Ranking of the world's most powerful passports: Ukraine is on the 32nd place, Russia is losing ground
Every quarter, the Henley Passport Index ranks the world's most powerful passports based on the number of countries a passport holder can enter without a visa. The rankings are based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), analyzing 199 passports and 277 destinations. Since the summer of 2023, Singapore has been on the top spot, but in the new report, five more countries have joined it.
Thus, the European countries of France, Germany, Italy, and Spain now share the top spot with the current leader Singapore. In addition, Japan has returned to the top, having previously been in the lead but dropped to third place in the summer. This was reported by Euronews.
The countries at the top of the ranking can enter 194 countries without first obtaining a visa. As we have already noted, these are Singapore, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Japan.
Finland and Sweden are in second place - both up from third place on the October list - along with South Korea.
"Austria, Denmark, Ireland, and the Netherlands received bronze. Belgium, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, and the United Kingdom are in fourth place. Greece, Malta, and Switzerland round out the top five.
The top 10 also includes: Czech Republic, Poland, Australia, and New Zealand in sixth place, Hungary, Canada, and the United States in seventh place, Estonia and Lithuania in eighth place, and Latvia, Slovakia, and Slovenia in ninth place. Iceland is tenth.
The Ukrainian passport was ranked 32nd. Ukrainians can visit 148 countries without a visa.
Ukraine is followed by a number of Balkan countries, including Serbia at 37th, North Macedonia at 45th, Montenegro at 46th, and Albania at 48th. Moldova is ranked 49th, followed by Bosnia and Herzegovina and Georgia at 50th, Turkey at 52nd, Belarus at 64th, Kosovo at 68th, Azerbaijan at 70th, and Armenia at 74th.
The terrorist country Russia was ranked 51st.
Of the 104 countries and destinations on the list, Afghanistan remains at the bottom with the weakest passport in the world. Currently, it has visa-free access to 28 countries, which is one more than in the October ranking and 166 less than France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
As OBOZ.UA wrote earlier, every year the world's largest travel platform TripAdvisor compiles a rating of the best destinations around the world that tourists should visit. The list is formed thanks to travelers' reviews of the past tourist season. The company looks at the ratings of tourists for accommodation, restaurants and entertainment in certain parts of the world for 12 months, and then gives recommendations for traveling in the new year.