Bangladesh moves up three spots to 101st in the passport rankings

In the 2023 edition of the Henley Passport Index, Bangladesh has moved up three spots to be rated 101st.

There are 109 spots in the Passport Index, with some nations’ passports rating in the same spot. For example, Bangladesh shares the 101st position with Kosovo and Libya.

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With their 101st ranking, Bangladeshi nationals can now travel to 41 countries without a visa.

In 2022, Bangladesh had the 104th spot. The most recent ranking places India in 85th place.

According to a press statement from Henley and Partners posted on its website today, the most recent Henley Passport Index results give fascinating insights into a globe marked by unparalleled upheaval and offer a compelling glimpse at what lies ahead.

Japan has won the Henley Passport Index, which is based on unique and official data from the International Air Transport Association, for the fifth consecutive year (IATA).

It is the initial ranking of each passport in the world based on how many places its owners can visit without a prior visa. While South Koreans and Singaporeans, whose nations are tied for second place on the index, enjoy a visa-free or visa-on-arrival score of 192, Japanese residents are now able to travel an astounding 193 places out of 227 around the world without a visa.

Germany and Spain are joint 3rd, with visa-free access to 190 destinations worldwide. The UK and the US remain in 6th and 7th places, with scores of 187 and 186, respectively, and it appears increasingly unlikely that either country will ever regain the top spot on the index which they jointly held nearly a decade ago in 2014.

Afghanistan remains firmly at the bottom of the index, with a score of just 27 – 166 fewer visa-free destinations than Japan, which represents the widest global mobility gap in the index’s 18-year history.

According to exclusive new research by eminent residence and citizenship advisory firm Henley and Partners into the relationship between passport strength and access to the global economy, nationals of the index’s lowest-ranking nations like Afghanistan, Iraq (visa-free score of 29), and Syria (visa-free score of 30) are essentially shut out of a startlingly broad range of opportunities for economic mobility and growth.

The bottom five ranking passports are Afghanistan at 109th position, Iraq at 108th, Syria at 107th, Pakistan at 106th and Yemen at 105th.

The Henley Passport Index, the only one of its type based on unique data from the International Air Transport Authority, has historical data going back 18 years (IATA).

The index lists 227 unique travel places and 199 unique passports. The Henley Passport Index, which is updated every quarter, is regarded as the go-to resource for global citizens and sovereign governments for determining where a passport falls on the scale of global mobility.

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