The Hong Kong passport has risen in a global ranking of the most powerful passports in the world. According to the Henley Passport Index, the Hong Kong travel document is now placed at No. 17 and provides visa-free access to 170 countries.

In 2022, the Hong Kong passport ranked at No. 18 and gave its holders visa-free entry to 169 countries.

According to the index, Singapore now has the most powerful passport in the world, granting its owners visa-free access to 192 countries. 

Japan, which previously held the No. 1 spot for five years, now shares the No. 3 position with Austria, Finland, France, Luxembourg, South Korea, and Sweden.

Germany, Italy, and Spain have the world’s second-most powerful passports, with visa-free entry to 190 countries.

In addition, the UK passport is up by two positions to the No. 4 spot, while the US passport slid two places down the rankings to No. 8. Australia and Canada, both at No. 8 in 2022, climbed up to the No. 6 and No. 7 spots respectively.

The rankings are put together by London-based immigration consultancy Henley & Partners and are based on data provided by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA). It includes 199 different passports and 227 different travel destinations

For the full Henley Passport Index rankings, click here.

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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