The German passport is ranked second in the list of the most powerful passports in the world, allowing travelers to visit a total of 190 destinations without obtaining a visa in advance, the latest report of the Henley Passport Index revealed.
Since the first place is occupied by two countries, this makes the German passport the third most powerful passport in the world.
In addition, Germany has the most powerful passport in Europe, based on the same source, TheSchengen.com reports.
Besides Germany, other European countries are also ranked in the top ten while their passports grant visa-free access to a large number of countries.
European countries such as Finland, Italy, Luxembourg and Spain share third place, with a visa-free/visa on arrival score of 189, according to the Henley Passport Index, based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Two other European countries, Austria and Denmark, ranked fourth, while travelers are allowed to visit a total of 188 countries around the world without a visa.
Meanwhile, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden share fifth place with their passports granting visa-free access to 187 countries.
According to the Henley Passport Index, the passports of Belgium and Switzerland have a visa-free score, and a visa on arrival of 186, and therefore they are placed in sixth place.
The following European countries share the seventh place, while their passports grant visa-free access to a total of 185 destinations;
Czech Republic Greece Malta Norway
The report shows that the Hungarian passport allows its citizens to travel to a total of 183 destinations, thus ranking 9th.
At the same time, the passports of the following countries have a visa-free / visa-on-arrival score of 182 and are therefore ranked tenth.
Lithuania Poland Slovakia
However, a recent report by Henley and Partners revealed that countries with the most powerful passports kept stricter entry restrictions in order to stem the spread of the coronavirus, while those whose passports grant access to fewer destinations did not. It introduced such protective measures while maintaining more moderate entry requirements.
Dr. Laila Haj Abdo, lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna, sees travel restrictions imposed across European countries, as in many countries around the world, causing difficulties on the way to normal life.
She noted that “international migration and mobility will continue to play an important role in the EU’s economy and development, given the persistent skills shortage in many member states.”
In addition, the spread of the Coronavirus and its new variants is causing uncertainty as to whether the economy can remain open, particularly in the tourism sector.