Posted on 13 January 2018.
A Portuguese passport holder owns one of the best passports in the world, according the 2018 Passport Index released by Henley & Partners, a prestigious international consulting firm.
In 2018, Portugal moved from sixth (2017) to the fifth place in the Henley & Partners passport index.
The ranking evaluates passports according to the number of countries where it is possible to travel without having to present a visa or to request a visa upon arrival.
Accordingly, Portuguese passport holders can travel to 173 countries without a visa or a visa upon arrival. In the index, Portugal shares the fifth place with the United States, Ireland, and South Korea.
Germany ranks first in the passport index, its citizens allowed entering 177 countries without a visa, followed by Singapore, which moved from fourth to second place.
With the European countries commanding the ranking, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Sweden and the United King share the third place with Japan in Asia.
The fourth place is shared by Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland.
Ukraine (44th) and Georgia (53rd) are the highest climbers on the index, moving up by 15 and 14 ranks, respectively, following their recent visa liberalization with the EU.
Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan occupy the bottom four ranks on the 2018 index, each having visa-free access to 30 or fewer countries. Afghanistan ranked last (allowed into 24 countries), preceded by Iraq, Libya and other countries in the Middle East.
North Korea fell from 94th to 95th (alongside Ethiopia and South Sudan) with a total of 104 countries, and Russia moved from 51st to 48th.
The United States has fallen two positions over last year. Angola has climbed three positions, from 90th to 87th, which means that an Angolan can enter without a visa in 48 countries.
The Henley Passport Index is relevant to anyone seeking to strengthen their level of access as well as to governments trying to understand their passport power in a global context.
Consult the 2017 Passport Index by Henley & Partners here.
Source: Henley & Partners