The Henley Passport Index, updated quarterly, has once again designated an Afghan passport at the bottom of the list as the world’s least powerful passport, with its citizens only being able to travel to 27 countries without a visa.

Japan tops the list of countries, allowing its citizens to enter 193 countries without a visa or visa upon arrival, according to the Henley passport index. Singapore and South Korea are next on the list of countries where it is possible to enter 192 countries visa-free or with a visa upon arrival, ranked 2nd.

Germany, Spain, Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Sweden, Austria, Netherlands, Denmark, United Kingdom, France, Portugal, Ireland, Belgium, New Zealand, Norway, and the United States of America are the other countries at the top of this list, having nationals to travel to over 186 countries.

Afghan passport, which is ranked at the bottom of the list as the world’s least powerful passport, allows Afghan nationals to travel to 27 countries and territories visa-free or provided a visa upon arrival.

The 27 countries and territories include Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Comoros, Dominica, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritania, Micronesia, Mozambique, Palau, Rwanda, Samoa, Senegal, Seychelles, Somalia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, and more.

However, many countries around the world and in the region now perceive Afghanistan as a threat because of the Taliban’s rise to power and their associations with Islamic extremist organizations.


  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).