Cyprus Passport Is One Of Strongest In World

Кипрский паспорт признан одним из самых сильных в мире
14 January 2022 DOM LiVE

How many countries can you visit without having any visa?

For many tourists, obtaining a visa is a typical process and a small (or a big) problem. But for many wealthy businessmen, it is an indicator of financial security and motivation to buy a second or third passport, the price of which can cost six zeros.

Henley & Partners consulting company has published a new list of the most powerful passports in the world.

The passport of Cyprus entered the TOP 15, taking the 14th line of the rating. Cypriots can travel to 176 countries around the world without thinking about visas.

In the first place were the passports of two Asian countries: Japan and Singapore. Their citizens can enter 192 countries without visas. The second place was shared by Germany and South Korea, their passports give entry to 190 countries. In third place are four countries - Finland, Italy, Luxembourg and Spain. Austria, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, and Sweden are fourth (188). Ireland and Portugal complete the TOP 5 most profitable passports for travel (187).

Henley & Partners has been monitoring which passports give the largest and smallest amount of global mobility based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) since 2006.

According to the authors of the latest rating, over the past 15 years, the borders of countries have become much more open. So, in 2006, citizens could visit 57 countries on average without first obtaining a visa. Today, the global average is 107 countries. Nevertheless, there is still "an increasing gap between those living in the northern and southern hemispheres." The world is divided into the privileged and the unprivileged. At the top of the privileged list are Japan and Singapore, whose citizens have the right to cross the borders of 192 countries without a visa.

Among the most unprivileged are Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, whose citizens can enter less than 30 countries. And passport holders of countries such as Cameroon, Angola and Laos have free access to 50 other countries – this is less than half of the average.

Two countries advanced the most in the ranking: Ukraine, which added 109 destinations, and the UAE, which got 140 new visa-free countries. During the same period, the United States added 56 destinations to its visa–free list, while Canada and Mexico added 60 and 61.

As for most countries in Africa and the Middle East, global mobility here lags far behind compared to the rest of the world.

Experts emphasize that the appearance of a new strain of the coronavirus has further deepened the gap between richer and poorer countries, causing a flurry of restrictive measures against African countries.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called it "tourist apartheid."

Last month the United States lifted travel bans to African countries. The current position of the United States reflects the stabilization of the status of the American passport, which began to lose ground even before the pandemic, dropping from first place to eighth. This year, the American passport shared sixth place with five other countries.

TOP 15 best passports for the beginning of 2022:

  1. 192 countries - Japan, Singapore
  2. 190 countries - Germany, South Korea
  3. 189 countries - Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain
  4. 188 countries - Austria, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Sweden
  5. 187 countries - Ireland, Portugal
  6. 186 countries - Belgium, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Great Britain, USA
  7. 185 countries - Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Greece, Malta
  8. 183 countries - Hungary, Poland
  9. 182 countries - Lithuania, Slovakia
  10. 181 countries - Estonia, Latvia, Slovenia
  11. 180 countries - Iceland
  12. 179 countries - Malaysia 
  13. 178 countries - Liechtenstein 
  14. 176 countries - Cyprus 
  15. 175 countries - United Arab Emirates 

  16. Кипрский паспорт признан одним из самых сильных в мире
Recall that the Henley & Partners Passport Index is an international ranking of countries by the level of freedom of movement that they provide to their citizens. The index analyzes the visa regulations of more than 200 countries and territories and ranks them by the number of visa-free entry countries.
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