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Afghans carry the world’s weakest passports, the Japanese the strongest

Standing behind Iraq, and with visa-free travel to 29 countries and territories, Afghans carry the least powerful passports in the world, according to the London based citizenship and residency advisory firm Henley & Partners. With visa-free travel access to 193 destinations, the Japanese according to Henley & Partners’ first quarterly Passport Index for 2023. 

Standing joint second, citizens of Singapore and South Korea have access to 192 visa-free destinations. 

Germany and Spain stand 3rd, Finland, Italy and Luxembourg 4th, Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden 5th, France, Portugal, the United Kingdom 6th and Belgium, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and the US stand 7th.

Visa-free destinations for Afghans include Niue, Samoa, the Cook Islands, the Palau Islands in the Oceania. Dominica and Haiti in the Caribbeans. Bangladesh, Cambodia and Timor-Leste in Asia. And a handful of African countries, including Burundi, Madagascar, the Comoro Islands and Somalia. 

Afghanistan’s neighbours, Iran and Pakistan stand 99th and 106th respectively.

The Taliban, not recognised by any countries, has not produced its own passport, and is still issuing them under the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.