Sunday, December 15, 2019

Have Passport Will Travel

There’s a Henley Passport Index, compiled by global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners, which scored countries from all around the world based on how many other destinations citizens can access without having to obtain a visa prior to travel. 

The rankings were decided using data from the International Air Transport Association. 

And the world’s most powerful passports belong to Japan and Singapore, the two nations have claimed the top spot out of 199 countries. Their passports allow visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to 189 places! 

Next comes Finland, Germany and South Korea, in second place – all three passports offer access to 187 destinations around the world without a prior visa 

Denmark, Italy, and Luxembourg sit in joint third place with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 186 apiece. 

This is followed by France, Spain, and Sweden, which score 185 each and share fourth position. 

The top five is rounded out by Austria, the Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland, all of which have 184 points. 

The UK and US share sixth place, with a score of 183, alongside Belgium, Canada, Greece, Ireland and Norway. 

Malaysia is at No.12. 

And at the bottom of the pile is Afghanistan, whose passport allows citizens to access just 25 countries without a prior visa. 

“With a few notable exceptions, the latest rankings from the Henley Passport Index show that countries around the world increasingly view visa-openness as crucial to economic and social progress”, said Dr Christian H Kaelin, chairperson of Henley & Partners and the creator of the passport index. 

We all know Have Passport Will Travel!

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