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The most powerful passport in the world has been unveiled in a new index. New Zealand is now the proud owner of the strongest travel document, according to The Passport Index. The country had previously tied top spot with Japan but has now overtaken it.
The Passport Index looks at the passports of 193 United Nations member countries and six territories.
A country’s passport becomes more powerful the more countries it grants its citizens access to visa-free.
New Zealand currently has visa-free access, or visa on entry, to 129 countries.
At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, this number was just 80.
“New Zealand’s excellent handling of the Covid-19 crisis is reflected in its citizens quickly being accepted to travel to other nations,” Hrant Boghossian, from Passport Index, told New Zealand website, Stuff.
Meanwhile, erstwhile winner Japan now shares the title of second most powerful passport with a number of other countries.
Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, South Korea and Japan all also came in second place.
The countries can all access 128 countries without a visa.
Tying in third place were Sweden, Belgium, France, Finland, Italy and Spain.
All European countries, these destinations have a visa-free score of 127.
But what about the UK? How is the nation faring at the moment when it comes to its passport?
The UK came in fourth place.
Britons can travel to 126 countries without a visa.
The position is shared with the Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, Lithuania, Norway, Iceland and Canada.
Of course, in reality, right now Britons can only travel to 60 countries without having to quarantine.
Furthermore, if holidaymakers are looking to avoid travel restrictions of any kind then there are only five countries available.
These are Italy, Sweden, mainland Greece, Gibraltar and San Marino.
However, there are concerns Greece and Italy could see quarantine measures imposed this week as both countries experience a surge in coronavirus cases.
As the Passport Index stated in its latest update: “Currently, travel is a chaos.”
Top 10 most powerful passports
1. New Zealand
2. Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, South Korea and Japan
3. Sweden, Belgium, France, Finland, Italy and Spain
4. UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, Lithuania, Norway, Iceland and Canada
5. Malta, Slovenia and Latvia
6. Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Poland, Hungary and Liechtenstein
8. Cyprus, Croatia and Monaco
9. Romania and Bulgaria
10. San Marino, Andorra and Uruguay
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