Which are the most powerful passports in the world in 2021?

In recent months, the global COVID-19 pandemic has changed the global tourism landscape. In the question, some countries closed and others where still not recommended to visit. However, English consultancy firm Henley & Partners has released its ranking of the world’s most powerful passports for this year. CNN. And at the top of the list are two Asian countries. With a Japanese or Singaporean passport, it is possible to travel to 192 countries. This is two more than the German and South Korean passports and four more than the Austrian and Dane.

The French passport comes in fifth (along with Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden) with 187 destinations. CNN notes that in this ranking, it ranks above all European countries that hold monopolies, although the first two are occupied by Asians. Note that New Zealand, which has just tightened its health regulations (and whose company Air New Zealand will demand mandatory vaccinations next February), is in sixth place.

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The passports of two other large countries, the United Kingdom and the United States, are certainly suffering from their own contrast, be it Brexit or the COVID-19 pandemic. They are in seventh place in the standings. More importantly, the Henley & Partners report points to “increasing inequalities” and states that some “restrictive” policies to contain COVID are now being implemented to include mobility from the South. .

At the end of the rankings, we find, not surprisingly, Afghanistan. Access to visas or lack of visa applications is only possible in 26 countries. In front of the state now in the hands of the Taliban, we find Iraq (28), Syria (29), Pakistan (31) or Yemen (33). North Korea is hardly rated better, with 39 possible destinations. “If we are to revive the global economy, it is essential that developed countries encourage internal migration flows rather than continue with the old restrictions,” said Christian Kalin, CEO of Henley & Partners. He added: “‘Resource-rich’ countries need to develop their economies by attracting and welcoming the next generation.”

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