Asian countries have established themselves as world leaders both in global economic activity and global mobility
The quarterly index has been comparing passports for the last 14 years. It makes a ranking of all the world’s passports based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the company’s research department.
Up until 2018, the top spot was held either by a European country or the US but since then, Asian countries have positioned themselves as “world leaders when it comes to both global economic activity and global mobility”.
In the second place, with a score of 188, remain Finland, Germany, and South Korea. Denmark, Italy, and Luxembourg share the third place and have a visa-free / visa-on-arrival score of 187. On the other hand, both the UK and US have dropped down to joint sixth, with a score of 184, which is the lowest for both since 2010 (in 2014, both countries were in joint first).
EU member states dominate the first 10 spots
Out of the 32 countries that dominate the first 10 spots, 22 of them are EU member states.
“Our ongoing research has shown that when we talk about ’passport power‘, we are discussing more than simply the destinations a holder can travel to without acquiring a visa in advance,” said Christian H. Kaelin, chairman of Henley & Partners and the creator of the passport index concept.
“Often, there is a strong correlation between visa freedom and other benefits such as business and investment freedom, independence of the judiciary, fiscal health, and property rights.”
In the Middle East, the UAE is in the first place, Israel in the second, and Turkey in the third this time around. The Caribbean’s three are held by Barbados, the Bahamas, and St. Kitts and Nevis, respectively.
World’s strongest passports
- South Korea
Least powerful passports