Index Ranks Canadian Passport As Eighth Most Powerful

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Index Ranks Canadian Passport As Eighth Most Powerful
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Canada immigration news: A new index puts the power of a Canadian passport as one of the eighth most-highly-ranked passports in the world. 

The Canadian passport is on par with those of Australia, the Czech Republic, Greece and Malta, according to the Henley Passport Index. All of those countries, including Canada, scored 185 on the index.

The highest-ranked passport is the one issued by Japan. It scored 193.

Singapore and South Korea tied for second place with scores of 192. And Germany and Spain tied for third with scores of 190.


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The United States was one of five countries, including Belgium, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland, that narrowly beat out Canada by a single point to snag the seventh spot in the rankings with scores of 186.

The dubious distinction of having the least-desirable passport in the world goes to Afghanistan which got only 27 points to place 112th. 

Barely beating out Afghanistan for the worst passport in the world is Iraq, whose passport was given a score of 29 and Syria, with a passport score of 30.


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The 17-year-old Henley Passport Index, which is updated quarterly, uses data from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) to compare 199 passports for 227 travel destinations and gives a ranking for the top 112 of them that reflects the global mobility afforded by the passports of those nations.

“The total score for each passport is equal to the number of destinations for which no visa is required,” notes the Henley & Partners website.

Canada regularly features among the countries with the world’s most powerful passports, offering visa-free access, which is seen as a measurement of the freedom of citizens of a country, to 185 destinations.

The Canadian passport reached the second spot on The Henley Index in 2014, then slide to sixth place by 2016 and stayed there for four years. The passport then lost ground relative to other passports throughout the world during the pandemic as public health restrictions and border closures severely limited travel to other destinations. 

Last year, though, the Canadian passport moved up a notch, to the eighth spot and is so far holding steady there. 

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  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • American Samoa  
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia  
  • Aruba
  • Australia  
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain  
  • Bangladesh  
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bonaire; St. Eustatius and Saba
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso  
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia  
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde Islands  
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Comores Islands  
  • Congo (Dem. Rep.)
  • Congo (Rep.)
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt  
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Eswatini (Swaziland)
  • Ethiopia 
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • French West Indies
  • Gabon  
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guam
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau  
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong (SAR China)
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan  
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait  
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos  
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon  
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macao (SAR China)
  • Madagascar  
  • Malawi  
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives  
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands  
  • Mauritania  
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique  
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal  
  • Netherlands
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand  
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • North Korea
  • North Macedonia
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan  
  • Palau Islands  
  • Palestinian Territory
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea  
  • Paraguay  
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Reunion
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda  
  • Samoa  
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia  
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles  
  • Sierra Leone  
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands  
  • Somalia  
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • South Sudan
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka  
  • St. Helena  
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Maarten
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syria
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan  
  • Tanzania  
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste  
  • Togo  
  • Tonga  
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu  
  • Uganda  
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates  
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Zambia  
  • Zimbabwe  
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