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Which are the worlds most important passports?
The passport you hold determines your fate and dramatically impacts the options you have, said Dr Christian Kaelin, chairman of Henley and Partners and inventor of the passport index concept, earlier this year. Recent global shocks such as the war in Ukraine and the COVID-19 pandemic have shifted the passport power landscape. This is altering opportunities for many, according to the latest rankings report from Henley and Partners, which gathers data from the International Air Transport Association.
Asian countries currently hold the three highest passport rankings in 2022, with Japan taking the top spot. Before the pandemic, European nations dominated the rankings, signaling the lingering impact of COVID-19 and subsequent restrictions on the region. Japanese citizens now hold the most passport power, as they are able to enter 193 nations visa-free, or with a visa-on-arrival. South Korea and Singapore hold joint second place, with both countries’ passports enabling their citizens to access 192 nations without restrictions.
So, below the Asian top three, a glut of European countries sit near the top of the leaderboard. Germany and Spain are tied at 190 destinations, followed by Finland, Italy, and Luxembourg at 189. Then there's Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, and Sweden all tied in fifth place, while France, Ireland, Portugal, and the United Kingdom are at No. 6. New Zealand and the United States make an appearance at No.7, alongside Belgium, Norway, and Switzerland.
The world's most important passports, in terms of visa-free travel, are regularly ranked and updated by several organizations. However, as of 2021, the Henley Passport Index ranks the following passports as the top five most powerful in terms of visa-free travel:
Japan- visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 191 countries, making it one of the most powerful passports in the world. The ability to live and work in Japan, as well as travel freely in and out of the country. Access to consular protection and assistance from Japanese embassies and consulates abroad.
South Korea- Allows visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations. The right to vote in South Korean elections, if you meet the eligibility requirements. Access to a wide range of social services and benefits, including health care, education, and pension programs. Recognition as a South Korean national by other countries, can be useful in business and other international transactions.
Germany- Allows visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 189 destinations. Access to consular protection and assistance from German embassies and consulates abroad. The right to vote in German elections, if you meet the eligibility requirements. Access to a wide range of social services and benefits, including health care, education, and pension programs.
Italy, Finland, Spain: Allows visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 188 destinations.
These rankings are based on the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa, and can change frequently due to changes in visa requirements or international relations. It is also important to note that the Henley Passport Index is one of many indexes that rank the power of passports, and other rankings may have different results.
Garman and UAE passport are the best passports in the world you can move to any country in the world using these passports.