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Southern European passports among the most "powerful" in the world


Written by Eric Apim on Thursday, January 13th 2022 à 12:00 | Read 252 times



Passports from the northern shore of the Mediterranean are among the most "powerful" in the world (photo:F.Dubessy)
Passports from the northern shore of the Mediterranean are among the most "powerful" in the world (photo:F.Dubessy)
MEDITERRANEAN. As it has done every year for the past 17 years, the British consultancy Henley & Partners has drawn up a hierarchy of the most powerful passports in the world, those that allow their holders to access the greatest number of destinations without having to apply for a visa beforehand (without a visa or with an automatic visa on arrival).
Unveiled on Wednesday 12 January 2022, the latest ranking is based on a study of 199 passports and 227 travel destinations.

 
While Japan (192 visa-free countries), Singapore (192), Germany (190) and South Korea (190) occupy the top two places, the Mediterranean countries are doing well. Finally, especially the passports of southern Europeans, who rank third (Italy and Spain tied with 189 destinations such as Finland and Luxembourg), fourth (France, 188 tied with Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands and Switzerland) and fifth (Portugal, 187 tied with Ireland). In seventh place are Greece and Malta (both 187), while Slovenia ranks 10th (181), Cyprus 14th (176) and Monaco 16th (174).

Passports from the East and South of the Mediterranean perform poorly

In the Eastern Mediterranean, only Israel (24th and 159 countries accessible without a visa) stands out, while Turkey is only in fiftieth place (110).

To the south of the Basin, you have to go as far as 72nd place to find Tunisia and its seventy-one destinations available without a procedure. It is followed by Morocco (79th with 64 destinations). However, this is much better than Algeria, Egypt and Jordan, all tied for 91st place with 52 countries available to passport holders.

Lebanon (102nd with 41 destinations), Kosovo and Libya (103rd - 40), the Palestinian Territories (105th - 37) and Syria (109th - 29) close the gap in Henley & Partners' 2022 rankings, with Afghanistan (111th and 26 destinations) once again in last place.
Henley & Partners' 2022 ranking reveals which passports allow travel to the most destinations without the need for a visa. Click to enlarge (table: Henley & Partners)
Henley & Partners' 2022 ranking reveals which passports allow travel to the most destinations without the need for a visa. Click to enlarge (table: Henley & Partners)



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