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Japan and Singapore still have the most powerful passports in the world

Japan and Singapore still have the most powerful passports in the world, a new global ranking revealed for the final quarter of 2021.

Its citizens can travel to 192 countries without a visa, compared to 191 in the first quarter of 2021, when they also topped the table. Those in second place, Germany and South Korea, can visit 190 countries.

The UK and the US rank seventh (185 countries), behind Italy and Spain (third, 189 countries), Austria and Denmark (fourth, 188 countries), and France and Ireland (fifth, 187 countries).

Japan and Singapore still have the most powerful passports in the world, a new global ranking revealed for the final quarter of 2021

Japan and Singapore still have the most powerful passports in the world, a new global ranking revealed for the final quarter of 2021

The ranking has been prepared by the Henley Passport Index, which is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Analyze how many countries a passport holder can enter without a prior visa.

The Henley Passport Index says its latest results and research show how the proliferation of barriers to entry during the last 18 months of the pandemic has resulted in the widest global mobility gap in its 16-year history, with passports from major countries. from Japan and Singapore. able to travel without a visa to 166 more destinations than Afghans, who are at the bottom of the index with access to only 26 countries without the need for a visa in advance.

The Index notes that the ‘global north’ has ‘enforced some of the strictest Covid-19-related inbound travel restrictions, while many countries with lower-ranking passports have relaxed their borders without seeing this reciprocal openness.’

He adds: ‘This has created a growing gap in travel freedom, even for fully vaccinated travelers from countries at the lower end of the passport power ranking that remain excluded from most of the world.

“This gap is likely to widen as pandemic-related restrictions take hold and amplify the already significant global mobility gap between advanced and developing economies.”

The index notes that Japan currently bans entry to almost all foreign nationals and Germany restricts entry to almost 100 countries.

The UK and the US rank 7th (185 visa-free countries) on the Henley Passport Index, behind Italy and Spain (3rd, 189 countries)

The UK and the US rank 7th (185 visa-free countries) on the Henley Passport Index, behind Italy and Spain (3rd, 189 countries)

The UK and the US rank 7th (185 visa-free countries) on the Henley Passport Index, behind Italy and Spain (3rd, 189 countries)

At the lower end of the index, Egypt, which is ranked 97, currently has no travel restrictions, but its citizens can access only 51 destinations worldwide without obtaining a visa in advance. Similarly, Kenya, ranked 77, has no travel bans, yet its passport holders can access only 72 destinations without a visa.

Commenting on these latest developments, Henley & Partners Chairman Dr. Christian H. Kaelin and inventor of the passport index concept notes: ‘If we want to restart the global economy, it is critical that developed nations encourage internal migration flows. , as opposed to persisting with outdated restrictions.

“Resourceful countries need to protect their economies for the future by attracting and welcoming the next generation.

“It is critical that advanced nations consider revising their current approach to something unique to the rest of the world and reforming and adapting to overcome competition and not miss out on realizing the potential.”

For many countries with low-ranking passports, the proliferation of entry barriers is hampering progress, the Index says, even as many reopen their borders in desperate offers to restart economic growth.

Austria and Denmark rank fourth (188 countries) and France and Ireland fifth (187 countries) in the passport power ranking.

Austria and Denmark rank fourth (188 countries) and France and Ireland fifth (187 countries) in the passport power ranking.

Austria and Denmark rank fourth (188 countries) and France and Ireland fifth (187 countries) in the passport power ranking.

Erol Yayboke, senior fellow in the International Security Program and director of the Project on Frailty and Mobility at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC, notes: ‘Covid-19 is as much an economic crisis as it is a public health crisis. , although in both aspects it disproportionately and negatively affects the countries of origin of migration.

“ The increased pressure to move to survive will be met by pandemic-related barriers to movement that are likely to persist, both because the virus itself persists and because greater control over migration will be difficult for some leaders to abandon. ”

Kevin Burchler of the SIP Medical Family Office in Switzerland, meanwhile, believes that a global hierarchy of vaccines is emerging and that having access to vaccines with the broadest approval and acceptance rates can result in increased health security, but also increased health. greater comfort during travel.

He says: ‘AstraZeneca’s non-replicative viral vector vaccine currently ranks first, having been approved by more than 120 countries. Pfizer – BioNTech vaccination is currently approved in 98 countries, Russia’s Sputnik in 71 countries, and Moderna in 69 countries around the world.

“Your health or vaccination status, sometimes in combination with additional passports, may now be even more important to your global access rights than your main passport.”

THE HENLEY PASSPORT POWER INDEX: GLOBAL RANKING Q4 2021

1 Japan – 192 visa-free countries

1 Singapore 192

2 Germany 190

2 South Korea 190

3 Finland 189

3 Italy 189

3 Luxembourg 189

3 Spain 189

4 Austria 188

4 Denmark 188

5 France 187

5 Ireland 187

5 Netherlands 187

5 Portugal 187

5 Sweden 187

6 Belgium 186

6 New Zealand 186

6 Switzerland 186

7 Czech Republic 185

7 Greece 185

7 Malta 185

7 Norway 185

7 United Kingdom 185

7 United States 185

8 Australia 184

8 Canada 184

9 Hungary 183

10 Lithuania 182

10 Poland 182

10 Slovakia 182

11 Estonia 181

11 Latvia 181

11 Slovenia 181

12 Iceland 180

13 Malaysia 179

14 Liechtenstein 178

15 Cyprus 176

16 Chile 174

16 Monaco 174

16 Romania 174

16 United Arab Emirates 174

17 Bulgaria 173

18 Croatia 172

19 Hong Kong (SAR of China) 171

20 Argentina 170

20 Brazil 170

21 San Marino 169

22 Andorra 168

23 Brunei 166

24 Barbados 161

25 Israel 158

25 Mexico 158

26 Saint Kitts and Nevis 157

27 Bahamas 155

28 Uruguay 153

28 Vatican City 153

29 Seychelles 152

30 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 151

31 Antigua and Barbuda 150

31 Trinidad and Tobago 150

32 Costa Rica 149

33 Mauritius 146

33 Saint Lucia 146

34 Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) 145

35 Grenada 144

35 Macao (China SAR) 144

36 Dominica 143

37 Panama 141

37 Paraguay 141

38 Ukraine 136

39 Serbia 135

39 Vanuatu 135

40 Peru 134

41 El Salvador 133

42 Guatemala 132

42 Honduras 132

43 Samoa 131

43 Solomon Islands 131

44 Colombia 129

44 Tonga 129

44 Venezuela 129

45 Tuvalu 127

46 Nicaragua 126

47 North Macedonia 125

48 Kiribati 123

48 Montenegro 123

49 Marshall Islands 122

50 Moldova 120

51 Palau Islands 119

52 Russian Federation 118

53 Micronesia 117

54 Bosnia and Herzegovina 116

55 Georgia 115

56 Albania 113

57 Turkey 110

58 South Africa 103

59 Belize 101

60 Qatar 97

61 Kuwait 95

62 Timor-Leste 93

63 Ecuador 91

64 Nauru 89

65 Fiji 88

66 Guyana 87

66 Maldives 87

67 Botswana 86

68 Jamaica 85

69 Bahrain 84

70 Papua New Guinea 82

71 Oman 80

72 Bolivia 79

72 China 79

72 Saudi Arabia 79

72 Thailand 79

73 Belarus 78

73 Namibia 78

74 Lesotho 77

74 Suriname 77

75 eSwatini 74

75 Kazakhstan 74

76 Malawi 73

77 Kenya 72

77 Tanzania 72

78 Indonesia 71

78 Tunisia 71

78 Zambia 71

79 Dominican Republic 69

80 Azerbaijan 68

80 Gambia 68

81 Uganda 67

82 Cape Verde Islands 66

83 Philippines 65

83 Zimbabwe 65

84 Armenia 64

84 Ghana 64

85 Cuba 63

85 Morocco 63

85 Sierra Leone 63

86 Kyrgyzstan 62

86 Mozambique 62

87 Benin 61

87 Mongolia 61

87 Rwanda 61

88 Sao Tome and Principe 60

89 Mauritania 59

90 Burkina Faso 58

90 India 58

90 Tajikistan 58

91 Gabon 57

92 Ivory Coast 56

92 Senegal 56

92 Uzbekistan 56

93 Equatorial Guinea 55

93 Madagascar 55

94 Guinea 54

94 Mali 54

94 Togo 54

95 Cambodia 53

95 Chad 53

95 Comoros Islands 53

95 Niger 53

95 Vietnam 53

96 Algeria 52

96 Bhutan 52

96 Central African Republic 52

96 Guinea-Bissau 52

96 Turkmenistan 52

97 Burundi51

97 Egypt 51

98 Angola 50

98 Cameroon 50

98 Jordan 50

99 Laos 49

99 Liberia 49

100 Congo (Rep.) 48

100 Haiti 48

101 Djibouti 47

102 Myanmar 46

103 Ethiopia 45

103 Nigeria 45

104 South Sudan 44

105 Eritrea 43

106 Congo (Dem. Rep.) 42

107 Iran 41

107 Lebanon 41

107 Sri Lanka 41

107 Sudan 41

108 Bangladesh 40

108 Kosovo 40

108 Libya 40

109 North Korea 39

110 Nepal 37

110 Palestinian Territory 37

111 Somalia 34

112 Yemen 33

113 Pakistan 31

114 Syria 29

115 Iraq 28

116 Afghanistan 26

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