12 ene 2022 01:35 GMT
Increased travel restrictions introduced over the course of the pandemic have resulted in the largest global mobility gap in the 17-year history of the Henley & Partners rating.
Henley & Partners is a British company that specializes in providing advice on citizenship and global residency, general This Tuesday, a list ranks the passports of 199 countries according to whether they are more or less preferred for travel in 2022.
According to the “ranking”, which is based on data provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and does not take into account recent temporary restrictions imposed by the coronavirus, Japan and Singapore They have – in theory – the most powerful passports in the world, allowing their holders to visit 192 countries without a visa.
South Korea ranked second on the list with Germany: citizens of both countries have visa-free travel to 190 countries. The rest of the top ten dominated by the members of the European Union – including Finland, Spain, Italy, Austria and France – with the United Kingdom, the United States, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland in sixth place (186); Australia and Canada are in seventh place (185).
Among the Latin American countries, Chile It remains at the regional front, ranking 16th, with 174 visa-free destinations. Argentina Ranked 19 (170), followed by Brazil at 20 (169) and Mexico at 25 (159).
For their part, Russian citizens can enter 119 countries without a visa.
in the meantime, Afghanistan, whose citizens can visit only 26 countries without a visa, It ranks last on the list. In addition, among the least preferred passports, whose holders have the opportunity to travel freely to less than 40 destinations, are the passports of Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Nepal, Palestine and North Korea.
The largest global mobility gap
as pointed out In the Henley & Partners report, increased travel restrictions introduced in the context of the pandemic The largest global mobility gap in the 17-year history of ‘ranking’. As such, while Japanese, Swedish and US passport holders can visit more than 180 destinations without a visa, nationals of Angola, Cameroon and Laos can visit only about 50, the researchers note.
However, the company expects More travel and mobility uncertainty for this yearTaking into account the increase in cases of the omicron variant of MERS-CoV. Misha Glenny noted that the emergence of “such a powerful new strain” was a “major geopolitical failure” by the US, UK and EU for their failure to better fund and supply vaccines to South Africa. United States of America).
“Passports and visas are among the The most important tools affecting social inequality around the worldChristian H. said: Keelen, President of Henley & Partners, they represent opportunities for global mobility. “The boundaries we are born into and the documents we are entitled to have are no less arbitrary than the color of our skin. Wealthy nations should encourage positive immigration to help redistribute and rebalance human and material resources around the world.”
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