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Henley Index: Greek Passport Maintains 8th Spot Worldwide

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The Greek passport remains among the strongest in the world ranking eighth on the Henley Passport Index and offering its holders visa-free access to 186 countries.

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

Based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), it provides insight into what post-pandemic travel freedom might look like as countries around the world selectively begin to open their borders to international visitors.

It is reminded that the Greek passport held the eighth spot on the Henley Index in January 2021 as well as in the beginning of 2020.

Japan holds number one position

Without taking temporary and constantly evolving Covid-19 travel restrictions into account, Japan firmly holds onto the number one spot on the index, with Japanese passport holders theoretically able to access a record 193 destinations around the world visa-free.

Singapore remains in second place, with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 192, while Germany and South Korea again share joint-third place, each with access to 191 destinations.

As has been the case for most of the index’s 16-year history, the majority of the remaining top 10 spots are held by EU countries. The UK and the US, both of which continue to face steadily eroding passport strength since they held the top spot in 2014, currently share joint-7th place, with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 187.

Greece shares the eighth position with the Czech Republic, Malta and Norway.

Photo source: henleyglobal.com

Meanwhile, countries offering residence- and citizenship-by-investment programs continue to perform very well on the Index, with Malta being a prime example in eighth position.

It is followed by other top-performing investment migration program host countries like Austria (5th, with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 189), Australia (9th, with a score of 185), Portugal (6th, with a score of 188), St. Lucia (30th, with a score of 146), Montenegro (44th, with a score of 124), and Thailand (65th, with a score of 80).

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