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World’s most powerful passports ranked in study

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The United States passport has become more powerful than a year ago, according to the results of a new study.

The 2017 Visa Restriction Index issued by Henley and ners has determined that the U.S. passport ranks just behind Germany and Sweden in terms of travel power — Germany and Sweden allowing for travel to and with 176 and 175 countries, respectively, and the US to allow for travel to 174.

A year ago, the same index ranked the US passport as the fourth most powerful.

America ‘ s passport is now sharing the third place in ranking, together with Denmark, Finland, Italy and Spain, that allows for the access to 174 countries in total.

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The VRI is on a passport of the score on the basis of the number of countries and territories of the citizens allowed to without a visa. Henley and ners has 219 countries and territories in total, 218 is a perfect VRI score, reports dow jones. (A citizen has no passport within their own country.)

However, Christian H. Kälin, chairman of Henley and ners, says he expects the next rankings change more dramatic than in the past, based on the recent events.

“We have witnessed a number of major events recently that will probably have an impact on the global mobility — including Brexit and the election of the AMERICAN President Donald Trump. Both can be interpreted as a step in the direction of the limit of movement and the creation of barriers to entry,” said Kälin in a statement.

“In general, visa requirements are a reflection of the relationship with others, and take into account the diplomatic relations between the countries, reciprocal visa arrangements, security risks and the dangers of visa and immigration regulation violations,” he added.

Meanwhile, the countries whose passports currently have the least travel force Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria and Somalia, which are ranked among the bottom five in FRIDAY’s rankings, since its 2015 index.

VRI is in the top 10 of countries with the most powerful passports are listed below:

Rank

Country

Score

1

Germany

176

2

Sweden

175

3

Denmark

174

 

Finland

174

 

Italy

174

 

Spain

174

 

USA

174

4

Austria

173

 

Belgium

173

 

France

173

 

Luxembourg

173

 

The netherlands

173

 

Norway

173

 

Singapore

173

 

United kingdom

173

5

Ireland (Republic Of)

172

 

Japan

172

 

New Zealand

172

6

Croatia

171

 

Greece

171

 

Portugal

171

 

Switzerland

171

7

Australia

170

 

Korea (Republic of South)

170

8

Iceland

169

9

Czech Republic

168

10

Hungary

167

The full standings can be found on the Henley and ners website.

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Henley and ners has been publishing an annual Visa Restriction Index for more than a decade. The International Air Transport Association contributes data and travel information for ranking purposes.

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