Irish passport ranked among top ten best passports to travel on – Irish Mirror


Ireland has fallen two places from last year in the Henley Passport Index, but remains in the top ten countries which hold the strongest passport.

The index measures the strength of a passport based on a citizen’s ability to travel visa-free or obtain a visa on arrival in another country.

Japan holds the number one spot, with its citizens able to travel visa-free or obtain a visa on arrival in 190 countries.

Singapore and South Korea are joint second, with their citizens having the freedom to travel to 189 countries without any visa worries.

A man holding his Irish passport
(Image: Collins Photo Agency)

 

The strength of Asian nations in the passport index has been put down to the effect that international mobility and migration has had on the region.

Ireland rank joint-seventh, alongside Belgium, Canada and Greece, with the freedom to travel to 184 countries.

The effects of Trump and Brexit are clearly seen in the US and the UK’s tumble down the rankings to joint-sixth place, after both occupied top spot in 2015.

 

Iraq and Afghanistan occupy the last place in the index, with citizens from these countries only able to travel to 30 countries without requiring a visa.

The five lowest ranked countries that Irish citizens are able to travel to visa-free are Somalia, Nepal, the Palestinian Territory, Lebanon and Bangladesh.

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