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Japan stays on the high of a latest rating of the world’s strongest passports, with Singapore and South Korea tied for second place.
Within the newest Henley Passport Index rankings, Japan obtained a visa-free rating of 193, that means that Japanese passport holders can journey to 193 of 227 locations with out a visa. That is about 85% of the entire world, Henley and Partners, the corporate behind the rankings, stated in a press release on Tuesday.
The corporate defined that its passport index “is the one one in all its variety based mostly on unique knowledge from the Worldwide Air Transport Authority,” the commerce affiliation for over 290 airways around the globe.
Singapore, which tied for first place with Japan final yr, dropped all the way down to second place this yr. Each Singapore and South Korea obtained a rating of 192, whereas Germany and Spain tied for third place with a rating of 190.
Tied for fourth place are Finland, Italy and Luxembourg, with a rating of 198. Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden obtained a rating of 188, putting the European international locations at No. 5. France, Eire, Portugal and the UK tied for sixth place with a rating of 187.
In the meantime, the USA sits at No. 7 together with New Zealand and European international locations comparable to Belgium, the Czech Republic, Norway and Switzerland.
Despite the fact that international journey has returned to round 75% of what it was pre-COVID-19 pandemic, the corporate said that it “seems more and more unlikely that both nation [the U.S. and the U.K.] will ever regain the highest spot on the index which they collectively held practically a decade in the past in 2014.”
Analysts anticipate that international locations comparable to Kuwait and Qatar will finally climb up the rankings attributable to their visa-free cope with the European Union, which shall be signed later this yr.
These Gulf nations are “poised for robust and far improved financial performances,” Dr. Robert Mogielnicki, a senior resident scholar on the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, stated within the report.
“Qatar’s internet hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup offered an unparalleled alternative to market the small Gulf nation to a worldwide viewers and the World Financial institution anticipates Kuwait’s development to speed up to eight.5% alongside a robust efficiency within the non-oil sectors.”
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