The report found that Japan would have the “most powerful passport” in the world were it not for travel restrictions
For the third year in a row, Japan has the most powerful passport in the world, which allows visa-free entry to more countries (191) than any other, according to the latest Henley & Partners Passport Index ranking.
The report, however, did not take current Corona Virus– Travel restrictions lucid in mind.
Analysts have also noted a shift over the past few years towards the Asia-Pacific (APAC) countries, which are now “entrenched” in the top spots: Singapore is ranked second. In the report (190 countries); South Korea ranked third (189 countries) and New Zealand and Australia ranked seventh and eighth (185 and 184, respectively).
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It should be noted that many countries may participate in the classification. For example, South Korea and Germany are ranked third in the latest index. All four countries’ passports – from Finland, Italy, Luxembourg and Spain – share fourth place.
Meanwhile, the United States shares seventh place with Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Norway, Belgium and New Zealand, each granting visa-free access to 184 countries.
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However, as Dr. Christian H. Kaylene, president of Henley & Partners, doesn’t mean that citizens of the United States – or citizens of any country subject to COVID travel restrictions – are currently able to visit many other countries.
“Over the past seven years, the US passport has dropped from first to seventh place, a site it currently shares with the UK. Due to pandemic-related travel restrictions, travelers from both countries are currently facing significant restrictions from more than 105 countries,” Kaileen said in a statement. Journalist US passport holders are able to travel to fewer than 75 destinations, while UK passport holders can currently reach fewer than 70 destinations.
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At the same time October 2020Global financial advisory firm Arton Capital released a more nuanced look at the current “degree of mobility” of global passports, with New Zealand ranked first (with access to 129 countries at the time) and the United States 21 (with access) to 92 countries. ). in this time, Even those numbers have changedGermany now ranks first with “mobility score” 134, and the United States is nineteenth with a score of 103.
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