The closure of the airspace due to the launch of a military operation by Russia in Ukraine and the opening of borders to Ukrainian refugees has already begun to have an impact on global freedom of movement, Henley & Partners reports.
Although the war in Ukraine has not significantly affected Russia’s position in the list of the most powerful passports in the world, but reports suggest that may change in the coming months, CNN reported on April 11.
Henley & Partners’ Henley Passport Index, based on proprietary data provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), has been regularly tracking the world’s most travel-friendly passports since 2006 .
In the second quarter of 2022, Ukraine rose one place and is now 34th in the world passport ranking. Ukrainians can now travel to 143 destinations without a visa. Russia has dropped four places to 49th place. Russian passport holders can currently travel to 117 countries but it is expected that this number of destinations could decrease as visa policy and Russia sanctions apply. formalized.
The report clearly shows “the profound and perhaps irreversible impact of hostilities on freedom of movement”.
The top spots on the global power passports list remain the same, with Japan and Singapore both at number one. Holders of these passports can travel to 192 destinations without needing to enter the country. real.
Citizens of Afghanistan are once again at the bottom of the rankings and can only visit 26 countries without a prior visa.
In the top 10, South Korea still ranks with Germany in second place, with 190 destinations. Third place is Finland, Italy, Luxembourg and Spain with 189 destinations together. While Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden share 4th place, with a score of 188, France has dropped to 5th place.
The UK rose one place to fifth, joining France, as well as Ireland and Portugal, with 117 destinations.
America came in 6th place, with 186 destinations, sharing the same rank as Belgium, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland.
No change in 7th place, which includes Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Greece and Malta, with 185 destinations.
In 8th place, Hungary comes alone, with 183 destinations, while Poland moves from 8th place to 9th, sharing the same ranking with Lithuania and Slovakia, with 182 destinations. Estonia, Latvia and Slovenia round out the top 10, with 181 destinations.
Report note, situation Russia-Ukraine has proven to be a stark reminder that violence and conflict can lead to mass displacement. “The latest indicator shows that the divide between Russia and much of the Western world will only increase,” said Christian H. Kaelin, president of Henley & Partners.