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Greek Passport Ranked 8th Most Powerful in the World

The Greek passport remains among the strongest in the world, ranking eighth in the 2020 Henley Passport Index, from seventh a year ago, offering its citizens visa-free access to 184 countries.

The Henley Passport Index is the original ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.

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For the third consecutive year, Japan has secured the top spot on the index — which is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) — with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 191.

Singapore holds onto its second-place position with a score of 190, while South Korea dropps down a rank to third place alongside Germany, giving their passport holders visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to 189 destinations worldwide.

“Asian countries’ dominance of the top spots is a clear argument for the benefits of open-door policies and the introduction of mutually beneficial trade agreements,” said Christian H. Kaelin, Chairman of Henley & Partners.

Elsewhere in the top 10, Finland and Italy share fourth place, with a score of 188, while Denmark, Luxembourg, and Spain together hold fifth place, with a score of 187.

The US and the UK continue their downward trajectory on the index’s rankings. While both countries remain in the top 10, their shared eighth-place position is a significant decline from the number one spot they jointly held in 2015.

Belgium and Norway also rank eighth in the 2020 Henley Passport Index.

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The index’s historic success story remains the steady ascent of the UAE, which has climbed a remarkable 47 places over the past 10 years and now sits in 18th place, with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 171.

On the other end of the travel freedom spectrum, Afghanistan remains at the bottom of the index, with its nationals only able to visit a mere 26 destinations visa-free.

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