Ireland ranked 14th on the Henley and Partners’ list of most prized passports in the world. The achievement is because the country offers visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to 187 countries, the Henley and Partners said.
According to a report by the Irish Times,
Japan and Singapore were joint first on its passport index, while Germany and South Korea were joint third, and Finland, Italy, Luxembourg and Spain were joint fifth.
Austria, Denmark, France, Netherlands and Sweden were also ranked ahead of Ireland in joint ninth, while Portugal was ranked joint 14th alongside Ireland.
The index found the widest recorded global mobility gap in its 17-year history, with Japan and Singapore passports giving holders access to 192 countries without a prior visa, while Afghanistan passports, the bottom-ranked, do so for just 26 countries.
The index did not take “evolving and temporary” Covid-related restrictions into account in its study, which is based on data from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA).