Pakistani passport still second worst for international travel

Published: January 17, 2017
Diversity visas are issued to countries with a low rate of immigration. Pakistanis can, however, apply for a number of different visas, such as tourist and student. PHOTO: COURTESY US CONSULATE KARACHI

Diversity visas are issued to countries with a low rate of immigration. Pakistanis can, however, apply for a number of different visas, such as tourist and student. PHOTO: COURTESY US CONSULATE KARACHI

The Pakistani passport is still ranked the second worst in the world, just above Afghanistan, this year’s Passport Index revealed.

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The Index is a global ranking of countries according to the travel freedom that their citizens enjoy. Pakistan ranks 198 of a total 199 countries on the list with a score of 26 points.

It enjoys visa-free access to only six countries. The list of countries for which Pakistani passport holders need a visa to travel now also includes Afghanistan.

Just above Pakistan is Iraq with visa-free access to 28 countries, while Syria, currently a war-zone, ranks 92. Despite the Israel-Palestinian conflict, Palestine sits seven spots above Pakistan.

Germany ranked number one on the index with 157 points, while Sweden and Singapore secured the second spot with 156 points. France, Spain, United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Switzerland and the United States ranked third on the index. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s neighbour India ranked 78 on the list, with a score of 46 and Iran ranked 88 with 36 points.

Pakistani passport holders are allowed visa-free entry into the following countries:

1. Dominica

2. Haiti

3. Micronesia

4. St. Vincent and the Grenadines

5. Trinidad and Tobago

6. Vanuatu

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Pakistani passport holders can get a visa on arrival for the following countries:

1. Cambodia

2. Cape Verde

3. Comoros

4. Djibouti

5. Guinea-Bissau

6. Kenya

7. Madagascar

8. Maldives

9. Mauritania

10. Mozambique

11. Nepal

12. Nicaragua

13. Palau

14. Samoa

15. Seychelles

16. Tanzania

17. Timor-Leste

18. Togo

19. Tuvalu

20. Uganda

21. Dominica

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Reader Comments (14)

  • BrainBro
    Jan 17, 2017 - 2:12PM

    Yes, but to most Pakistanis this is a mega conspiracy against them by the made-up enemies.Recommend

  • Fact is Fact
    Jan 17, 2017 - 2:19PM

    its a shame on all the govt from 1947.. have done nothing to get pak on the front .. total lossRecommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jan 17, 2017 - 3:17PM

    It seems Pakistanis are allowed visa-free access to countries where they can in turn invest in/ buy those countries’ passports !Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 17, 2017 - 7:05PM

    It’s not country or passport colour which matters, it’s the person who is holding that passport. There are hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis who travel abroad frequently. Traveling is like going to school. Travel your own country first, then few Asian or African countries before heading West. Recommend

  • Huzur
    Jan 17, 2017 - 9:57PM

    This is the reason why Pakistanis are going as refugees because they do not get visas or not many embassies are located where they can apply for one.Recommend

  • CarlShmel
    Jan 17, 2017 - 10:16PM

    @Fact is Fact:
    This is not the fault of government and not a matter to sulk about. This negative approach by world toward Pakistani passport is another way for them to recognize the truth of two nation theory thus validating it subconsciously.Recommend

  • Rebirth
    Jan 18, 2017 - 3:36AM

    Here’s some perspective: war-torn middle eastern countries, failed African States and North Korea, all have better passports than Pakistan.Recommend

  • reader
    Jan 18, 2017 - 12:19PM

    A very serious image problem, why does the National Assembly, the Senate, Federal Cabinet, not discuss, debate this matter thread bare, what is holding them back, simple they are not bothered, because they get their visa’s easily, and not bothered about the country’s image. This is what the world thinks of Pakistan, and Pakistan has no compunctions to change this image, no self respect. I personally experienced this on a recent trip abroad and how very difficult it is to get a U.K. visa. Even our former masters for 200 years would wish us to remain at a safe distance from them. Not the fault of the world, the fault lies totally with us as a Nation, how we behave, how we live our lives, our values, are all reasons for forming this image. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jan 18, 2017 - 12:40PM

    we can’t stand in a queue calmly
    we can’t stop for some seconds at red light
    we build our houses more than what size is allotted
    we steal electricity, gas and water
    and still blame government

  • Ahmar Khan
    Jan 18, 2017 - 9:25PM

    I blame overpopulation.Recommend

  • Shadab
    Jan 19, 2017 - 9:30AM

    Set your own house first. A simple but tough rule…..!!Recommend

  • Papi chulo
    Jan 19, 2017 - 3:52PM

    @Ahmar Khan:
    Then you can do us a favor by minus-ing your self from the population soonest possible.Recommend

  • Papi chulo
    Jan 19, 2017 - 3:53PM

    It should not be hard to get up the rating. Just need government focus and need to know what points make the country go up the ranking. Recommend

  • Ramesh Nakhwa
    Apr 12, 2017 - 1:57PM

    Jinxed nation full of loose morale people. Collectively with a hopeless reputationRecommend

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