The answer may blow your mind.
The Henley Passport Index released its January 2022 rankings of the world’s most powerful passports and Canada remains among the most powerful – but the global travel landscape has changed dramatically.
Each quarter, the Henley Passport Index displays passport rankings according to the number of countries travelers can enter without having to apply for a visa in advance. The ranking is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and additional in-house research.
The report’s authors note that the index results show “record levels of travel freedom” from the two top-ranked countries of Japan and Singapore, but also “the largest global mobility gap recorded since the index’s inception 17 years ago.” Passport holders from the two largest countries can now enter 192 destinations around the world without a visa, an even more staggering number with 166 destinations than Afghanistan, which sits at the bottom of the index.
Henley also describes how the Omicron variant had a drastic effect on the mobility of poorer countries, especially African countries that were met with punitive restrictions due to higher cases of the newly discovered strain. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres described the travel ban as akin to “apartheid”.
Despite the pandemic, many countries are still enjoying increased freedom of visa-free travel to many countries around the world. The report’s authors note that there is a stark divide between countries in the northern versus southern hemispheres. For example, Americans and Swedes can visit more than 180 destinations without a visa while “Passport holders of Angola, Cameroon and Laos can enter only about 50 destinations”.
Germany and South Korea ranked second in the last ranking, with passport holders able to access 190 destinations without a visa. Finland, Italy, Luxembourg and Spain share third place with a score of 189.
Austria, Denmark, France, the Netherlands and Sweden ranked fourth (188), while Ireland and Portugal tied for fifth (187).
The US, UK, Switzerland, Norway, New Zealand and Belgium share sixth place, with a visa-free/visa on arrival score of 186.
Canada shares seventh place with Australia, Greece, Malta and the Czech Republic, with visa-free access to 185 countries.