What are the most powerful passports in the world? The latest 2020 Henley Passport Index ranking has been released on 7 January 2020.
Most Powerful Passports
What Makes a Passport Rank Highly?
- Generous visa-free or visa-on-arrival access.
- Number of destinations around the world that can be accessed by passport holders without a visa in advance.
191 is the number of territories accessible to the citizens of Japan, who hole the strongest passport in the world.
- Germany; South Korea
- Finland; Italy
- Denmark; Spain
- Austria; Ireland; Netherlands;Portugal; Switzerland
- Belgium; Greece; Norway; UK; US
- Australia; Canada; Malta; New Zealand
- Bulgaria; UAE
- Argentina; Brazil
- Hong Kong
Global Mobility Trends
- Growing divide between countries providing visa-free/visa-on-arrival access versus those without.
- Key migration factors include wealth migration, talent migration, climate migration, and forced migration.
- Asia-Pacific countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, and Macao are known to be the freest countries in terms of international trade.
- New Zealand and Singapore hold the top spots in terms of government integrity, followed by Northern European countries and the United Kingdom.
- US-China trade war has accelerated the shift of Western investment out of China towards Asia especially Southeast Asia.
- China, India, the Russian Federation, and Turkey saw the largest outflows of wealthy individuals during 2019, underpinned by
concerns about authoritarianism, safety, pollution, and economic insecurity.
- Smaller nations are welcoming High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI) in large numbers especially Cyprus, Greece, Malta, and Portugal which have EU membership, and Caribbean states such as Antigua & Barbuda and St. Kitts & Nevis.
- An alarming trend is forced migration due to global displacement crisis with 41.3 million internally displaced people staying on average 17 years as a refugee.
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