Briefing notes

The Hungarian passport is highly accepted around the world

There are great disparities in the world in terms of the acceptance of passports.

Since 2006, London-based consulting firm Henley & Partners has been keeping a list of countries with the most travel-friendly passports, as Forbes.hu reports.

The Henley Passport Index reflects the number of countries that accept a given country’s passport without a visa. The ranking has been updated for the first quarter of 2022, and Hungary is in the top 10. 

Hungarian and Polish passports are accepted in 183 countries. 

In 2006, the average traveler could visit 57 countries in the world with a passport without a visa. It has since increased to 107. However, Henley & Partners also notes that the disparities between the northern and southern hemispheres are widening in this sense.

Passports from top-ranked Japan or Singapore are both accepted by 192 countries, while citizens of countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq or Syria would be admitted to fewer than 30 countries without a visa.

The two countries with the greatest growth in passport acceptance between 2006 and 2022 are Ukraine with 109 destinations and the United Arab Emirates with 140 plus destinations. During this period, the U.S. has added 56 new countries, Canada 60 and Mexico 61, with Africa and the Middle East lagging behind.

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