Immigration: German Passport Remains the Most Powerful Among All EU Travel Documents

Immigration: German Passport Remains the Most Powerful Among All EU Travel Documents

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German PassportThe German passport remains the most powerful travel document in the continent of Europe, and the fourth most powerful in the world. Despite losing its spot as the best passport to have last year, 12 months later German passport holders can visit 188 countries visa-free or by obtaining a visa-on-arrival.

According to the latest update of the Henley Passport Index, Japan, South Korea and Singapore still top the list of the world’s most powerful passports, by sharing the first spot. Holders of a passport of any of the three can visit 189 countries without struggling to get a visa.

Germany holds the second spot with the most powerful passport in not only the European Union, but also the whole of Europe. Five other EU member states share the 3rd place – with a score of 187: Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, and Sweden.

Listed the last of all EU countries is Croatia, in the 20th spot. Its citizens can visit 168 countries visa-free.

On the other hand, the worst performing European country is Kosovo, listed at the end of the table, in the 95th position. Its citizens can visit only 43 countries visa-free or with a visa-on-arrival, including its four neighboring countries, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia. If the country gets Schengen visa liberalization by the end of 2019, as its leaders have frequently vowed to achieve, it will climb up the list for about 30 positions.

According to Henley Passport Index Albania is the European country that marked the most significant improvement regarding visa-free traveling for its citizens.

“Albania, for instance, has moved up 28 places on the index over the past ten years, with citizens of this once closed-off nation now able to access 116 destinations without a prior visa,” the press release reads.  Albanian nationals can currently visit 116 countries without having to go through all the procedures to get a visa before their trip.

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