According to the latest results from the Henley Passport Index, Japan holds the top spot in the Index for the number of destinations its holders can access without a prior visa, with a record high score for visa-free or visa-on-arrival. from 193.
While Singapore and South Korea were ranked second with a score of 192 in the Index, which is based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
EU member states dominate the rest of the top ten in the latest ranking, with Germany and Spain in joint third place, with access to 190 visa-free destinations.
Finland, Italy and Luxembourg follow closely behind in fourth place with 189 destinations.
And Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden share 5th place with their passport holders able to travel to 188 destinations worldwide without a visa.
The UK and US have dropped to 6th and 7th place respectively.
But despite the unprecedented worldwide access afforded to citizens of these nations over the Index’s 17-year history, international passenger demand in the Asia-Pacific region has only reached 17% of pre-Covid levels, according to the latest statistics from IATA.
While European and North American markets have recovered to around 60% of pre-crisis travel mobility levels.
Commenting on the Henley Global Mobility Report 2022 Q3, Dr. Marie Owens Thomsen, Chief Economist at IATA, says passenger numbers should reach 83% of pre-pandemic levels in 2022.
“By next year, many markets should see traffic reach or exceed pre-pandemic levels, while we expect this to be the case for the industry as a whole in 2024.”
As of August 5, 2022, US TSA checkpoint travel activity numbers show that travel had recovered to about 90% of 2019 volume.
The US Department of State frequently publishes Travel Advisories to inform international travelers of the situation in each country.
And if a citizen of a foreign country wants to enter the US, he must obtain a US visa.
Additionally, local US embassies provide local knowledge and services to US citizens. Updated frequently asked questions about US passport operations are available on the State Department website.
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