The Malaysian passport is the 12th most powerful in the world, ready for visa-free access to 182 global destinations

PASSPORT Malaysia is in 12th place in the global passport ranking, falling one place from the position recorded last year.

According to the Henley Passport Index 2024, the Malaysian passport has a visa-free score of 182, meaning it provides visa-free access to 182 of 227 travel destinations worldwide.

Malaysia also shares the 12th position in the global passport ranking with Cyprus and Liechtenstein.

For the record, at the beginning of 2023, Malaysia ranked 14th most powerful passport in the world with a score of 179.

It then moved up three places and was in 11th place, with a score of 180, in July 2023.

Among the countries that Malaysian passport holders can access without a visa are Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada and the United States.

The Malaysian passport provides visa-free access to 182 of 227 travel destinations worldwide. – Photo by Mohd Sahar Misni

Based on historical data shared by Henley, the highest ranking ever achieved by a Malaysian passport was 8th in 2014.

Meanwhile, according to the Henley Passport Index 2024, Singapore still maintains its position in the first place in the ranking of the most powerful passports in the world.

However, for this year, Singapore shares the ranking with France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Spain, whose respective passports can be used for 194 out of 227 tourist destinations without a visa.

Afghanistan remains at the bottom of the index, since 2019, with only being granted access to 28 destinations. Syria, Iraq, Pakistan and Yemen are in the bottom five.

The Henley Passport Index is ranked based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

It lists 199 world passports and is considered a standard reference in assessing the position of passports in terms of global mobility.

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