PUBLISHED: 09:02, Mon, Oct 5, 2020 | UPDATED: 09:06, Mon, Oct 5, 2020
Passports: An index has shown which country has the most powerful passport right now (Image: Getty Images)
The most powerful passport in the world has been unveiled in a new index. New Zealand is now the proud owner of the strongest travel document, according to The Passport Index. The country had previously tied top spot with Japan but has now overtaken it.
The Passport Index looks at the passports of 193 United Nations member countries and six territories.
A country’s passport becomes more powerful the more countries it grants its citizens access to visa-free.
New Zealand currently has visa-free access, or visa on entry, to 129 countries.
At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, this number was just 80.
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New Zealand is now the proud owner of the strongest travel document, according to The Passport Index (Image: Getty Images)
“New Zealand’s excellent handling of the Covid-19 crisis is reflected in its citizens quickly being accepted to travel to other nations,” Hrant Boghossian, from Passport Index, told New Zealand website, Stuff.
Meanwhile, erstwhile winner Japan now shares the title of second most powerful passport with a number of other countries.
Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, South Korea and Japan all also came in second place.
The countries can all access 128 countries without a visa.