COVID-19 Pandemic: Big Decline In Power Of US Passport, Drops To 25th Rank

Japan tops the list with its visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 191 nations around the world.

ZEE5 Web Desk

July 8, 2020

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According to the latest Henley Passport Index, the US passport now has access to 158 countries, which is less than 27 before the COVID-19 pandemic came into the picture. A big reason for this is the European Union’s (EU) decision to temporarily ban travellers from the United States, citing safety against the Coronavirus. The newly refreshed index has found that US citizens have had their travel freedom severely curtailed lately. In fact, Americans have around the same level of travel freedom as citizens of Mexico.

The Mexican passport has a score of 159 on the Henley Passport Index. As for Japan, it still tops the list with its visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 191 nations around the world. Singapore happens to be in second place with its score of 190, while South Korea ties with Germany in the third place with a score of 189. The Indian passport, with its access to just 58 countries, stands at the 85th spot.

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