Passport power

Overseas Property | 20 Apr 2021

Where do you have the freedom to go with your passport? What is post-pandemic travel going to look like for you? Does nationality matter? Let's take a look.

According to the 2021 Henley Passport Index, Japan once again leads as the world's most powerful passport, with visa-free access to 193 countries. In second place is Singapore, with visa-free access to 192 destinations, and South Korea and Germany are tied at third place with a visa-free score of 191.

For those looking at pathways to citizenship in Britain or the US, British and American passports also rank quite highly, tied at seventh place with a score of 187. The Australian and Canadian passports closely follow in ninth position with a score of 185, presenting equally impressive options.

Meanwhile, the HKSAR passport is placed competitively at No 17, with visa-free access to 171 nations.

But it is the UAE passport that has seen the greatest ascent in its rank over the past decade, rising from No 65 in 2011 to No 16 in 2021, with an improvement of 107 points to its current score of 174.

Henley & Partners cites the rise of Asian passports as a relatively new phenomenon, adding the "region's position of strength will continue as it includes some of the first countries to begin the process of recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic."

The chairman of Henley & Partners and inventor of the passport index concept, Christian Kalin, says: "Passport power should never be taken for granted." So choose wisely.

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