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[size=41]The strongest and best passports in the world in 2020 and this is the rank of Iraq
The global "Henley" index, which assesses passports most suitable for travel periodically, launched its first report in the new decade, and Japan is now in the forefront, as it provides entry to 191 countries around the world without obtaining a visa in advance or a visa upon arrival.
Asian countries are at the top of the list, with Singapore in second place, by providing entry to 190 countries, then South Korea and Germany in third place, as they provide entry to 189 countries.
[size=32]The top ten
European countries also enjoyed a strong presence in the top 10, with Finland and Italy tying fourth, while Spain, Luxembourg and Denmark ranked fifth. Sweden and France ranked sixth.
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At the same time, the United States of America and the United Kingdom continue to drop on this list, as they tied in eighth place away from the first position they held together in 2015.
Iraq occupies the penultimate position in the list of the worst passports, with Afghanistan coming in last place, and Syria ahead of it with one place.
The Director of the University of Oxford's Immigration Observatory, Madeleine Sumpchen, noted in the report that net EU migration to the UK decreased by 59% between 2015 and 2018, and this may be attributed to the concern of European Union citizens about stability in the United Kingdom in light of the "Brexit" threat .
The UAE has been the index's biggest success story during the past decade, as it has jumped across 47 ranks over the past ten years to rank 18th, and the UAE passport provides entry to 171 countries without a visa, or visa on arrival.
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As for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, it ranked 66th on the list, and the Saudi passport provides entry to 77 destinations without obtaining a visa.
“Countries that embrace this new reality of global mobility thrive, with their citizens enjoying the ever-increasing power of a passport, freedom to travel, and a host of benefits that come with it,” said Southeast Asia President Henley and Associates and co-director Dominic Falk.
However, the report notes an increasing gap when it comes to freedom of travel, and that gap is the widest ever after the index was launched in 2006.
For example, the difference between the number of destinations that a Japanese passport holder can enter and the weakest passport in the world, that is Afghanistan, is 165 destinations, as Afghan passport holders can enter only 26 countries without a visa, or with a visa upon arrival.
Here is a list of the strongest and best passports to have in 2020:
Japan (191 destinations)
South Korea and Germany (189)
Italy and Finland (188)
Spain, Luxembourg and Denmark (187)
Sweden, France (186)
Switzerland, Portugal, Netherlands, Ireland and Austria (185)
USA, UK, Norway, Greece, Belgium (184)
- New Zealand, Malta, the Czech Republic, Canada, and Australia (183)
-Slovakia, Lithuania, and Hungary (181)
Here is a list of the worst passports:
-100. North Korea, Sudan (39 destinations)
-101. Nepal, Occupied Palestine (38)
102. Libya (37)
103. Yemen (33)
104. Somalia, Pakistan (32)
-105. Syria (29)
106. Iraq (28)
107. Afghanistan (26)
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