Bangladeshi passport ranks fifth in South Asia

April 06, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

Last modification: 06 April 2022, 21:35

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The Bangladeshi passport again ranked ninth in the world as its holder can only travel to 40 out of 227 destinations worldwide without a prior visa, according to the second quarter edition of the Henley Passport Index 2022.

The index released Tuesday by Henley and Partners ranked Bangladesh 104th out of 112 places. Kosovo and Libya also occupy the same position.

Bangladesh 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 40 destinations a Bangladeshi passport holder can travel to, 15 are in Africa, 11 in the Caribbean, seven in Oceania (excluding Australia and New Zealand), six in Asia and one in South America. South.

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

Meanwhile, Japanese and Singaporean passport holders are allowed to travel to a record 192 visa-free destinations, which is why the two passports continue to share the top spot in the index.

Germany and South Korea jointly hold second place, with a visa-free or visa-on-arrival score of 190.

Finland, Italy, Luxembourg and Spain share third 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 strongest in South Asia (ranked 60th), allowing visa-free entry to 88 countries, followed by India (84th), Bhutan (91st) and Sri Lanka (103rd).

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

Afghanistan is at the bottom of the ranking in South Asia and also in the world. Its inhabitants can only visit 26 destinations in the world without acquiring a visa in advance.