Japan and Singapore topped the list of the strongest passports in the world, CNN reports, citing this year’s passport ranking of the London citizenship and residence consultancy Henley & Partners.
The Henley Passport Index does not take time into account restrictions. Therefore, apart from the temporary restrictions, the holders passports top of the list – Japanese and Singaporean – can theoretically travel without a visa to 192 countries.
Afghan citizens can only enter 26 other countries without a visa, and thus end up at the bottom of the list.
South Korea and Germany they came second (190 countries), followed by them Finland, Italy, Luxembourg and Spain (189). They occupy fourth place France, the Netherlands, Austria and Denmark (188). The next ones are Ireland and Portugal (187). United States and Great Britainia moved up one place and took sixth position (186) together with Switzerland, Norway, Belgium and New Zealand. The next place (185) is taken Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Greece and Malta.
They are eighth together Hungary and Poland (183), she was right behind them Lithuania and Slovakia (182). They were in tenth position Estonia, Latvia and Slovenia (181). The European Union countries dominated the top ten of the ranking.
Leaving aside epidemic considerations, the overall level of freedom to travel has increased significantly over the past few decades. The Henley Passport Index showed in 2006 that an average person can visit 57 countries without the need to obtain a visa in advance. Today that number is almost twice as high and amounts to 107.
According to the report, however, these freedoms are still enjoyed mainly by the countries of Europe, North America and richer Asian countries. For example, passport holders from countries such as Angola, Cameroon or Laos can enter only about 50 other countries without a visa.
In the latest report it was noted that the appearance at the end of last year variant of the Omikron coronavirus shed light on the growing divide in international mobility between richer and poorer countries. According to the authors, this is indicated by the strict restrictions introduced mainly against movement from African countries, which UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres compared to “travel apartheid”.
President of Henley & Partners and creator of the concept passport ranking Christian H. Kaelin believes that opening channels of movement will be key to economic recovery after the Covid-19 epidemic ends.
Passports and visas are one of the most important instruments in the world influencing social inequalities around the world as they define the possibilities of global movement – commented Kaelin.
The boundaries in which we were born and the documents we are entitled to possess are no less arbitrary than the color of our skin. The richer countries should encourage the positive influx of migrantsto help redistribute and balance human and material resources around the world – added the head of Henley & Partners.
The Henley Passport Index, maintained since 2006, is one of several rankings compiled by financial companies to classify passports according to the freedom of travel of their holders. Henley is on the list 199 passports. It is updated in real time throughout the year if changes to the visa policy come into effect. The ranking is based on data provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).