The Portuguese passport was ranked the sixth most “powerful” in the world among 188 countries, according to the Henley Passport Index.
Japan leads the ranking, with the passport that opens most doors to other countries, offering visa-free travel to 193 countries.
According to the Index, the Singaporean, South Korean and German passports take second and tied-third places, respectively. Portugal’s sixth place ranked with with France, Ireland, Netherlands and Sweden.
Accordingly, the 2021 index update powerful lists Japan (191 countries), followed by Singapore (190), South Korea and Germany (189), Italy, Finland, Spain and Luxembourg (188), Denmark and Austria (187) and the group that includes Portugal, Sweden, France, the Netherlands and Ireland (186).
Currently, entry restrictions in several countries and the end of some air routes have altered the index that measures the power of each passport.
The Henley Passport Index, which periodically measures the most effective passports to travel in the world, had placed Portugal in seventh place on the 2020 list of the most powerful passports in the world.
The least effective passports in the world are Afghanistan (26 countries), Iraq (28 countries) and Syria (29 countries).
The Henley Passport Index ranks of all passports in the world, according to the number of destinations that its holders can access without a prior visa. The ranking is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which maintains the largest and most accurate database of travel information in the world, updated by research by the Henley & Partners Research Department.
The Portuguese passport still ranks higher than a passport issued by the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.
Source: Henley Passport Index