Henley&Partners, a residence and citizenship planning consultancy agency, ranked world passports for 2022 according to the freedom of travel they allow, and Japan took first place, while Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) was in 51st place.
A trio of Asian passports offer their holders more freedom to travel the world than those of any other country, according to a new quarterly report released by the company.
The United States (U.S.) is in 7th place
Japan, ahead of Singapore and South Korea, offered its citizens visa-free or visa-on-demand access to a record 193 destinations worldwide, compared to 192 offered by the countries in second place.
Below the top three in Asia, several European countries are near the top of the rankings. Germany and Spain are tied at 190 destinations, followed by Finland, Italy, Luxembourg at 189. Then Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden are tied for fifth place, while France, Ireland, Portugal and Great Britain are at 6th.
New Zealand and the U.S. are in 7th place, along with Belgium, Norway and Switzerland.
Slovenia ranked best in the region
Afghan nationals are again at the bottom of the index and can only enter 27 countries without a visa. Due to the invasion of Ukraine, Russian passport holders are more cut off from the rest of the world than ever before. Despite this, they ranked 50th on the list.
The BiH passport allows citizens access to 118 countries without the prior issuance of a visa and was ranked 51st.
Slovenia is ranked best in the region at 11th position, Croatia is 17th on the list, Serbia is 38th, while Montenegro is 48th.