Bangladeshi passport is in 5th position in South Asia, behind India, Bhutan and Sri Lankan passport

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July 19, 2022, 5:10 p.m.

Last modification: July 19, 2022, 5:14 PM

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According to the third quarter edition of the Henley Passport Index 2022, the Bangladeshi passport again ranked ninth in the world, as its holder can only travel to 41 out of 227 destinations in the world without a prior visa.

The index, released by Henley & Partners on Tuesday, placed Bangladesh 104th out of 112 places. Kosovo and Libya also share the same position.

The position remained the same in the second quarter edition of the index published in April this year.

Bangladesh, however, ranked 103rd out of 111 places in the first quarter edition of the index released in January this year.

In the fourth quarter edition of the 2021 index, Bangladesh occupied the 108th position out of 116 places in the index released last October.

According to the index, of the 41 destinations a Bangladeshi passport holder can travel to without a prior visa, 16 are in Africa, 11 in the Caribbean, seven in Oceania (excluding Australia and New Zealand), six in Asia and one in South America.

With a Bangladeshi passport, it is not possible to visit a European country without a prior visa.

Meanwhile, the Japanese passport continues to top the index as its holders are allowed to travel to a record 193 visa-free destinations.

Singapore and South Korea came in joint 2nd place, with a visa-free or visa-on-arrival score of 192.

Germany and Spain jointly occupy third place, with a visa-free or visa-on-arrival score of 190.

Finland, Italy and Luxembourg share fourth place, as their passport holders can access 189 destinations around the world without having to acquire a visa in advance.

Updated quarterly, the recent edition of the index ranks passports from 199 countries in 112 points according to the number of destinations to which their holders can travel without a prior visa.

The index is based on proprietary and official data from the International Air Transport Association.

The Maldives passport is the most powerful in South Asia (ranked 63rd), allowing visa-free entry to 89 countries, followed by India (87th), Bhutan (93rd) and Sri Lanka (103rd).

Bangladesh ranks fifth in South Asia, ahead of Nepal (106th) and Pakistan (109th).

Afghanistan remains at the bottom of the ranking in South Asia and also in the world. Its passport holders can only visit 27 destinations worldwide without acquiring a visa in advance.