New Zealand Has The Sixth Most Powerful Passport Worldwide

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Best Passports In The World New Zealand

New Zealand ranks sixth for the world’s most powerful passport, along with Belgium, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States. This includes access to 186 countries without a visa.

Meanwhile, Singapore and Japan are the top passport holders again for 2022, with access to 192 countries. This ranking is based on The Henley Passport Index, and includes 199 different passports and 227 travel destinations.

The passports are ranked using exclusive data from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA). Equally, they are based on how many countries their holders can travel to without a visa prior to arrival.

In second place, Germany and South Korea tied with access to 190 countries without a visa. Additionally, Spain, Italy, Finland and Luxembourg tied for third place, with access to 189 countries. In fourth place was Austria, Denmark, France, the Netherlands and Sweden, while Ireland and Portugal took fifth place.


According to the Index, Afghanistan ranks as the worst passport in the world, with access to just 26 countries.

The passport database is updated frequently, as it takes the fluctuations in visa waivers and changes into account. Factors for rankings include mobility scores, visa requirements, world openness and electronic travel authorisation. Certainly, the pandemic played a huge part in the powerful passport ranking score for New Zealand.

Words by Megan Zara Walsh. 

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