Amid COVID-19 pandemic, Australians now hold world’s second most powerful passport

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Arton Capital recently released the Passport Index showing that Australians now hold the world’s second most powerful passport with access to 128 countries. The Passport Index ranks the 193 United Nations member countries based on how many nations their passports granted visa-free access to or allowed visitors to obtain a visa on arrival.

Hrant Boghossian from Arton Capital said Australia still enjoyed the advantage of being welcomed by more countries than most other travellers.

Australia’s comparatively low COVID-19 infection numbers mean a large number of countries still allow Australians to enter without requiring quarantine. The UK, US and most of the European Union will currently allow Australians in, and Singapore also started allowing Australians to enter, with the exception of Victorians. Australia is also reportedly on a list of 10 priority countries that will be the first to be allowed to visit once Japan begins allowing tourists.

The pandemic has thrown the world into chaos with many nations shutting down their borders and restricting arrivals of international travellers.

Their latest findings have revealed New Zealand is the world’s most powerful passport with access to 129 countries.

Australia comes in a close second with other countries such as Switzerland, Germany, Japan to hold the world’s second most powerful passport amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Australian passport holders can travel to the United Kingdom, Sweden, Singapore, Japan, Germany, France among others.

For Australians, there is a ban on all overseas travel unless granted an exemption and New Zealanders have been advised not to travel abroad.

World’s top ten most powerful passports:
1. New Zealand
2. Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, South Korea, Japan, Australia
3. Sweden, Belgium, France, Finland, Italy, Spain
4. UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, Lithuania, Norway, Iceland, Canada
5. Malta, Slovenia, Latvia
6. Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Liechtenstein
7. Slovakia
8. Cyprus, Croatia, Monaco
9. Romania, Bulgaria
10. San Marino, Andorra, Uruguay

World’s least powerful passports:
Afghanistan and Iraq, both of which have a score of 31 ranked on the bottom of this ranking.
They are followed by Syria (34), Somalia (35) and Yemen (36).
1. Afghanistan, Iraq
2. Syria
3. Somalia
4. Yemen
5. Iran, Palestinian Territories
6. Pakistan
7. Myanmar, North Korea
8. Ethiopia, Lebanon, Libya, Nepal, Eritrea
9. Bangladesh, South Sudan
10. Sudan

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