Canadians can now travel to more than 180 countries without the need for a visa, according to the latest Henley Passport ranking of the most powerful passports, which finds a growing gap between citizens of different countries when it comes to freedom to travel.
Results from the Henley Passport Index, created 17 years ago, show that the number of destinations accessible without a prior visa has increased significantly in recent years. In 2006, an individual could visit an average of 57 countries without a visa, whereas today the figure is 107.
Canadian passport holders can travel to 185 destinations without a visa. The country is therefore in seventh place on the index, just behind the United States.
However, this increase illustrates a growing disparity between the level of freedom of travel of the countries of the North compared to the countries of the South. Indeed, the citizens of the richest countries can travel without a visa in more than 180 countries in the world while this figure hardly reaches 50 in the poorest countries.
2022 Henley Passport Index
Most Powerful (visa-free score – 192)
2nd Most Powerful (visa-free score – 190)
- South Korea
3rd Most Powerful (visa-free score – 189)
4th Most Powerful (visa-free score – 188)
5th Most Powerful (visa-free score – 187)
6th Most Powerful (visa-free score – 186)
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- United States
7th Most Powerful (visa-free score – 185)
- Czech Republic
8th Most Powerful (visa-free score – 183)
9th Most Powerful (visa-free score – 182)
10th Most Powerful (visa-free score – 181)
At the bottom of the list are Pakistan (31), Syria (29), Iraq (28), and Afghanistan (26).