Portugal maintains ranking five in the Henley Index , which analyzes the value of passports based on the number of countries that their holders can access in free transit . In 2020, Portugal had been in sixth place, having risen to fifth in 2021.
A passenger with a Portuguese passport can travel to 187 countries without requiring any prior authorization. Ireland also appears in ranking five, tied with Portugal.
The Henley Index for 2022 is led by Japan and Singapore passports, which allow travel to 192 countries. In second place comes Germany and South Korea, with 190 countries, and in third place, Finland, Italy, Luxembourg and Spain, with 189 countries.
At the bottom of the list is Afghanistan, with just 26 countries, followed by Iraq, with 28, and Syria, with 29.
Similar to last year, the Henley Index did not take into account the temporary bans imposed in the context of the covid-19 pandemic .
The Henley Index assesses passports from different countries on a quarterly basis, based on data provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This list includes 199 different passports and 227 international destinations.