The Irish passport has been ranked fifth in the world by the number of destinations its holders can travel to without a prior visa.
The Irish passport shares fifth place with the UK, France and Portugal with a ‘visa-free score’ of 187, while the US is just one spot behind in sixth with a score of 186.
Japan and Singapore continue to share first place as their passport holders can travel visa-free to 192 destinations around the world – ignoring temporary Covid-19 restrictions.
Germany and South Korea rank 2nd with a score of 190 for visa-free/visa on arrival, while Finland, Italy, Luxembourg and Spain share 3rd place, with their passport holders having access to 189 destinations around the world without first having to apply for a visa.
Afghanistan remains at the bottom of the index as its nationals can only reach 26 destinations without a visa.
The analysis was prepared by the consulting firm Henley & Partners, whose Passport Index is based on official data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Ukraine currently has a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 143 – a record high for the country – and is now 34th on the index, having climbed 26 spots since 2012.
Russia lags behind in 49th place by 117 points – a gap that the war in Ukraine and subsequent sanctions is likely to widen in the coming months.
The chairman of Henley & Partners and inventor of the Passindex concept, Dr. Christian H. Kaelin said the latest update offers a “unique snapshot of a volatile and rapidly changing world.”
“As the value of the Russian passport is rapidly declining and the world is opening its doors to Ukrainians, it is perfectly clear that the passport you hold determines your destiny and dramatically affects your opportunities,” he said.
“While it’s impossible to predict what the world will be like in the shadow of a new Cold War, the latest index suggests that the gap between Russia and much of the western world is only set to widen.”
https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/travel-news/revealed-where-the-irish-passport-now-ranks-on-the-worldwide-power-list-41522016.html Revealed: Where the Irish passport now sits on the global ‘power list’