It is here, it is here! As every year, the Henley & Partners index, created by several financial companies, published the ranking of the most powerful passports in the world in 2020, which is led by Japan and Singapore, but Mexico, lands 26th out of 107 countries, having visa-free access to 158 countries in the world. While Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan are the nations with the least diplomatic relations, limiting their citizens to travel to only 26 visa-free nations.
The Japanese passport opens the doors of the world in this 2020, offering free transit to a total of 191 countries around the world, followed by that of Singapore with 190, that of Germany with 189, which ends up tied with that of South Korea. For its part, Finland (188) , the happiest country in the world, falls in fourth place, next to Italy, while Denmark, Luxembourg and Spain, maintain good relations with the entire planet, being able to access 187 countries without a visa .
There is no doubt that the world is changing, but with the latest geopolitical events in the last five years, some countries were affected by the ranking of the world’s most powerful passports. For example, in 2015 the United Kingdom had the privileged first place, with the friendliest passport in the world, with which its citizens could enter and leave 175 countries, but with the pressure of Brexit, it falls to eighth place in 2020, although it now has 184 countries for free transit.
In fact, England already issued in 2019, the first free passports of the legend of the European Union, which caused him to lose points in the Henley index. Likewise, the United States c years ago, it could boast not only being one of the first powers, it also had the second place with 172 visa-free countries, but with the arrival of Donald Trump and the constant international conflicts, it drops to the eighth place in the index of the most powerful passports in the world in 2020.
But even so, it is still the first nation in the American continent, to access 184 countries without a visa, preceding Canada with 183. As far as Latin America is concerned, Chile (174) has one of the most powerful passports in the world in 2020, followed by Argentina, Brazil, who are tied for 19th place, being ‘friendly’ in 170 nations.
How is the Mexican passport going?
While in the case of our country, the Mexican passport or has been fluctuating dramatically from one year to another, although it is true that Mexico is among the most powerful countries in the world in 2020, it is the worst decline it has had in the last three years until reaching position number 26.
In the 2018 and 2019 index, we were gaining ground occupying positions 22 and 23 respectively of a total of 107 qualified passports. This does not mean that foreign relations have weakened, on the contrary, Mexico has always been characterized as one of the most peaceful and friendly nations on the entire planet. However, after eliminating the borders of 133 to 142 countries that stopped requesting visas from Mexicans from 2015 to 2017, in the last three years we have stagnated in 158 nations with free transit.
The least powerful passports
Henley & Partners
In the last places of the ranking of the most powerful passports in the world in 202 , are some of the nations marked by wars, hunger and poverty among its inhabitants. As a curious fact, despite the massive exodus that Venezuela lived, his passport is qualified in place 40, with 132 visa-free countries. But in the last places they are:
- Kosovo and Lebanon (40)
- North Korea and Sudan (39)
- Libya (37)
- Yemen (33)
- Pakistan and Somalia (32)
- Syria (29)
- Iraq (28)
- Afghanistan (26)
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