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Italian and Spanish passports enter the world's Top 5 of the most "powerful" in the world

Written by Eric Apim on Monday, January 11th 2021 à 18:20 | Read 158 times

Passports from the North of the Mediterranean are well positioned in this ranking, those from the South much less so (photo: Henley & Partners).
Passports from the North of the Mediterranean are well positioned in this ranking, those from the South much less so (photo: Henley & Partners).
WORLD. Since 2006, the London-based consultancy Henley & Partners, specialising in global and residential citizenship, has been publishing a ranking of the most "powerful" passports, i.e. those that allow their holders access to the greatest number of destinations without prior visa application (without visa or with automatic visa on arrival).

For its Henley Passport Index, it is based on data provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and takes into account 199 passports and 227 travel destinations, without taking into account the temporary restrictions caused by Covid-19.

On the podium in this ranking are Japan (191 destinations available without a visa), Singapore (190) and Germany tied with South Korea with 189 destinations.

The top two Mediterranean countries, Italy and Spain, tied with 186 destinations, are in fourth place. They are ahead of France (in the top 3 in 2018) and Portugal, in sixth place with 186 visa-free countries. Greece and Malta (184 each) are also in the Top 10.

On the other hand, it is necessary to reach twenty-third place and Israel (161 destinations) to find a country on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean. As for the southern shore, Tunisia (89 destinations) is best placed in seventy-fourth place. It is slightly ahead of Morocco (79th with 64 destinations) and very well ahead of Algeria (92nd with 51 destinations) on a par with Jordan and just ahead of Egypt (93rd).

Lebanon only reaches 102nd place (40 destinations) just a stone's throw away from Libya (104th) and three of the Palestinian territories (105th). Syria (108th) closes the gap, with only Iraq and Afghanistan behind it.

Thanks to the numerous ties, six Mediterranean countries are in the Top 10 of the Henley & Partners ranking.


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