May 30, 2023

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The passport code reveals unprecedented inequalities

Travel: The passport code reveals unprecedented imbalances

The ranking of the most powerful passports of 2021 concludes that there is a significant gap between citizens of different countries when it comes to freedom of travel.

After a tumultuous period for the transport industry, the hierarchy of travel freedom has not really been brought down. But there has really been a rise: the gap between the most powerful and the most defined passports has never been wider. That’s the result of CNN’s latest Henley Passport Index report. This Henley ranking is published annually since 2006 and is based on reliable data provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). It provides the most suitable passport for travel according to the number of countries that allow entry with or without a visa.

In the wake of the global health crisis, travel restrictions imposed over the past eighteen months have caused the biggest gap in its 16-year history, the report said. Again, Japan ranks 1st in the Henley Passport Code, and citizens of that country were granted visa-free or visa-entry access to 192 destinations, including Singapore.

Afghanistan at the end of the rankings

Below the rankings, Afghanistan Passport ranks 199th, allowing only 266 countries to access without a pre-visa, thus 166 less than Japan and Singapore. Next came Germany and South Korea (190 seats), Finland, Italy, Luxembourg and Spain (189), Austria and Denmark (188) and 5th, France, the Netherlands, Ireland, Portugal and Sweden with 187 visa free targets.

In its report, the company refers to Henley & Partners as “an increase in imbalances” and suggests that “the rules initially laid down to control the progress of Govt-19 are now being used to control the movement of countries in the South”. According to Christian H. Gayle, the creator of the code, “It’s more important to promote domestic migration flows than for developed countries to stick to dated restrictions.” Afghanistan (26 seats), Iraq (28), Syria (29), Pakistan (31) and Yemen (33) are behind.

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