A ranking of the best passports in the world has been compiled: what places did 'our' countries take
Which travel document opens more doors around the world than any other? This is a Japan passport. Passport Index Henley, which periodically compiles the ranking of the most travel-friendly passports in the world, published its first report in the new decade, writes CNN.
Japan is at the top of the new list, offering visa-free travel (or “visa at the airport” option) to 191 destinations around the world. Asia dominates the top of the list, with Singapore in second place with 190. South Korea and Germany tied for third with 189.
European countries perform well in the remainder of the top ten: Finland and Spain are fourth, Spain, Luxembourg and Denmark are fifth, and Sweden and France are sixth.
Meanwhile, the US and UK continue to decline in rankings. They are in eighth joint place in 2020 - a far cry from the first they held together five years ago, in 2015.
The UAE represents the largest success story in the ranking for the last decade, having risen to 47 places during this time, now the country takes 18th place with 171 points.
“Countries that embrace this new reality of global mobility are thriving, and their citizens are enjoying increasing power and freedom to travel, and the many benefits that come with it,” said Dominik Volek, Head of Southeast Asia, Henley & Partners.
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However, the report notes that when it comes to freedom of travel, the gap between countries is widening, and this gap in mobility is now the largest since the index was created in 2006.
The holder of a Japanese passport is free to travel 165 more destinations than the holder of the world's weakest passport, the Afghan passport, which offers visa-free access or a visa upon arrival to only 26 destinations.
Israel in the new index took 25th place - with a passport of this country you can visit 159 world destinations without visas. Ukraine took the 43rd place in the ranking with the possibility of visa-free access or access with a visa upon arrival to 128 countries of the world, the Russian Federation is in 51 positions with 118 destinations, Belarus is in 68th place with the ability to visit 75 countries without a visa.
10 best passports of 2020:
1. Japan (191 countries)
2. Singapore (190)
3. South Korea, Germany (189)
4. Italy, Finland (188)
5. Spain, Luxembourg, Denmark (187)
6. Sweden, France (186)
7. Switzerland, Portugal, Netherlands, Ireland, Austria (185)
8. USA, Great Britain, Norway, Greece, Belgium (184)
9. New Zealand, Malta, Czech Republic, Canada, Australia (183)
10. Slovakia, Lithuania, Hungary (181)
The worst passports of the new rating:
100. North Korea, Sudan (39 countries)
101. Nepal, Palestinian Territory (38)
102. Libya (37)
103. Yemen (33)
104. Somalia, Pakistan (32)
105. Syria (29)
106. Iraq (28)
107. Afghanistan (26)
Full rating can be found here.
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