The Portuguese passport occupies the sixth position in the ranking of Henley & Partners, which compares the access of 199 passports to 227 destinations, in terms of whether or not a visa is required.
In Portugal’s group are Sweden, France, Netherlands and Ireland, whose passports allow visa-free entry to 188 destinations.
The list has Japan in first place with 193, followed by Singapore (192) and South Korea and Germany (191). Italy, Finland, Spain and Luxembourg, with 190 destinations, occupy fourth place and even before Portugal comes Denmark and Austria, with 189. Belgium, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom follow the group from Portugal and USA.
The last places are occupied by Syria (114th), with 29 destinations, Iraq (115th), with 28, and Afghanistan, with 26.
Released on 8 July by Bloomberg agency, the so-called Henley Passport Index is produced by the law firm Henley & Partners, which defines its activity as “residential and citizenship planning”, based on information provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
However, the strength of the main passports appears diluted when considering the restrictions on travel in the context of combating the pandemic.
In fact, Henley & Partners CEO Juerg Steffen, in an article that follows the index, noted that “the pandemic has eroded away the strength of ‘premium’ passports.”
In this sense, the apparent strength of those documents appears in fact weakened by the various limitations on international circulation.
Henley & Partners President Christian Kaelin considered it clear that global mobility “is going to be severely limited for at least 2021” and that, in this situation, “people need to expand their residency and passport options”.
In this regard, this law firm points out that in around 100 countries, including 60 percent of the Member States of the European Union, there are programs for access to residency or citizenship, starting at $100,000.