World’s ‘most powerful passport’ revealed – Action News Now

Three Asian countries top new passport rankings, warning Covid restrictions are exacerbating ‘travel apartheid’ between rich and poor

Citizens of Japan and Singapore hold the most travel-friendly passports, according to a new passport strength ranking.

Without taking into account Covid-19 restrictions, ranking Early 2022, released by British firm Henley & Partners on Tuesday, means that Japanese and Singaporeans will apparently have visa-free access to 192 countries. Meanwhile, Afghan nationals can only travel to 26 destinations visa-free.

Another Asian country, South Korea, is tied for second place with Germany out of 199. The rest of the top 10 is dominated by EU countries, with the UK and US in sixth place, and Australia, Canada and Eastern European countries at the top.

Published along with the rankings are learn Research on global mobility finds travel benefits seen by citizens of middle- and upper-income countries “pay the price” low-income countries and those considered to be “high risk” In terms of security and other considerations.

The report also stated that the “inequality” Travel barriers have exacerbated a decline in global mobility during the pandemic, with UN Secretary-General António Guterres recently likening the restrictions, which have largely targeted African countries, to “Travel Apartheid.”

“Expensive requirements associated with international travel institutionalize inequality and discrimination,” Mehari Taddele Maru, a professor at the Migration Policy Center, said, adding that developed countries “are not always [share]The willingness of developing countries to respond to the “changing environment”.

“Covid-19 and its interaction with instability and inequality has highlighted and exacerbated the alarming gap in international mobility between richer developed and poorer countries,” Mehari added.

At the same time, the report forecasts further uncertainty in travel and liquidity for the remainder of the year, given the rise in the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.the emergence of “Such a powerful new strain” was a ‘Major geopolitical failure’ The US, UK and EU have not provided better funding and vaccine supplies to southern Africa, according to comments from Columbia University professor Misha Glenny in the report.