The US Passport is becoming less influential and has moved down to the 6th rank sharing this place with the UK. The top position as the most powerful passport is continued to be held by Japan. This has been revealed in the latest live index from Henley & Partners the London-based consulting firm. It is in partnership with the International Air Transport Association – ITA that has the largest database of travel data in the world.
One perspective is that coming 6th out of 199 surveyed passports is not that bad. US Passport holders still enjoy Visa-free travel to 185 nations. However, this is not the first instance of the US going down in the rankings. As a matter of fact, its ranking is steadily declining from 2015 when it was tied at the first rank with the UK.
The ranking of the UK Passport is also likely to continue to decline due to Brexit uncertainty, according to the experts. They are also of the view that the US will also continue to decline in the world rankings. It is owing to a range of factors such as a focus on stringent borders and reluctance to reform its Visa policies. This also includes the openness of other nations to agreements for visa waiver with diplomatic allies, as quoted by the CN Traveler.
Visa requirements are generally indicative of a nation’s relationship with other nations. Some of the places that US travellers require a Visa to visit are the ones that the Department of State does not recommend for visiting. This includes Syria, Iraq, and North Korea.
In most of the cases, it is all about reciprocity. The US travellers are required to obtain a Visa for many of the nations to which the US does not offer Visa waiver. This includes Turkey, Vietnam, Brazil, Russia, India, and China.
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