Ireland’s passports tie with the US and UK in the most recent ranking
The Irish passport has again been ranked as one of the most powerful passports in the world.
The Henley Index, which ranks the strength of each country’s passports, published their report for the third quarter of 2019 on July 2 which ranked Japan's and Singapore’s passports both in the top spot.
Ireland ties with the US, the UK, Belgium, Canada, Greece, and Norway as having the sixth most powerful passport in the world. Those seven countries all received a score of 183 on the Henley Index, indicating that those passports can travel visa-free to 183 other countries.
The Henley Index ranks 199 passports and 227 travel destinations including micro-states and territories. The strongest passports according to the Henley Index are:
- Japan, Singapore (189 destinations)
- Finland, Germany, South Korea (187)
- Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg (186)
- France, Spain, Sweden (185)
- Austria, Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland (184)
- Belgium, Canada, Greece, Ireland, Norway, United Kingdom, United States (183)
- Malta (182)
- Czech Republic (181)
- Australia, Iceland, Lithuania, New Zealand (180)
- Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia (179)
The Henley Index breaks down its scoring methodology as such: “For each travel destination, if no visa is required for passport holders, then a score of 1 is created for that passport. This also applies if passport holders can obtain a visa on arrival, a visitor’s permit, or an electronic travel authority (ETA) upon entry. These visa types require no pre-departure government approval.”
“Where a visa is required, or where a passport holder must obtain a government-approved electronic visa (e-Visa) before departure, a score of 0 is assigned. The same applies if they need pre-departure approval for a visa on arrival. Each passport is scored on the total number of destinations that the holder can access visa-free.”
Paddy Blewer, group public relations director at Henly, told The Irish Times: “Given the fact that Ireland is stable both economically and politically, is a core member of the European Union and is a safe country, the Irish passport will continue to be highly sought.”
Dr. Christian H. Kaelin, Chairman of Henley & Partners and the creator of the passport index concept, said: “With a few notable exceptions, the latest rankings from the Henley Passport Index show that countries around the world increasingly view visa-openness as crucial to economic and social progress. Discussions of passport power and global mobility tend to focus on the benefits for the countries with the strongest passports.”
“However, this latest unique research appears to confirm something that many of us already knew intuitively: that increased visa-openness benefits the entire global community, and not just the strongest countries.”
A separate index, the Arton Capital's Passport Index, ranks Ireland third in its “Global Passport Power” ranking along with Denmark, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, South Korea, and the US.
Arton Capital also ranks the Irish passport 14th out of 199 places based on its “individual country and visa characteristics.”
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