In a year full of travel misery and COVID chaos, there is still one ironic bright spot – Greece and Australia have ranked in the top ten most powerful passports in the world, according to the latest visa index data.
Greece has ranked 6th in the world, with a mobility score of 124, while Australia ranked an amazing 2nd, with a mobility score of 128.
In top place was New Zealand’s passport, with 129 mobility points. For the first time, NZ beat its strong competitor, Japan, with the country slipping to second alongside Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Ireland, South Korea and of course, Australia.
The Passport Index is one of several indices which measure the amount of visa-free world travel. It looks at the passports of 193 United Nations member countries and six territories.
European countries make up the bulk of the top 10.
Propping up the list are the usual suspects Afghanistan and Iraq. Their citizens only have access to 31 countries visa-free.
Global Passport Power Rank 2020:
- New Zealand 129
- Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Ireland, South Korea, Japan, Australia 128
- Sweden, Belgium, France, Finland, Italy, Spain 127
- Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, Lithuania, Norway, Iceland, UK, Canada 126
- Malta, Slovenia, Latvia 125
- Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Liechtenstein 124
- Slovakia 123
- Cyprus, Croatia, Monaco 121
- Romania, Bulgaria 120
- San Marino, Andorra, Uruguay 115