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BD ranks world’s 9th least powerful passport

 News Desk

 Published: 10:08 AM, 6 October 2020   Updated: 12:16 PM, 6 October 2020

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The passport of Bangladesh has been ranked the ninth least powerful of the world while New Zealand tops the most powerful, according to Global Passport Power Rank 2020.

As per the rankings released on October 2, Bangladesh bagged a score of 43 to share the rank of 67th with South Sudan. Last year, the South Asian nation scored 50, reported Dhaka Tribune.

The ranking has been conducted by Arton Capital, a Canada-based global citizenship financial advisory firm, which is one of the organizations measuring the amount of visa-free world travel. The score represents access to any country without a visa or under the provision of on-arrival visas.

The ranking involves the 193 United Nations member countries and six territories.

Various factors like mobility score, visa requirements, electronic travel authorization and a world openness score are influencing the ranking. However, Covid-19 measures and restrictions played a crucial role in the rankings this year.

According to the data, temporary travel bans and visa restrictions led many countries that once held a powerful passport to now be ranked amongst the lowest in the world.

The index also shows the clear influence of the pandemic with its World Openness Score (WOS), the benchmark of open travel between countries. 

Once the pandemic hit, temporary entry bans and border closures resulted in a decrease in the WOS, dropping 65% within weeks, although active visa agreements were not changed.

Meanwhile, another South Indian nation India has scored 52 and landed in 58th position along with four other nations. 

New Zealand secured the top position with visa-free access to 129 countries, followed by Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Ireland, South Korea, Japan and Australia – all scoring 128.

Besides, Sweden, Belgium, France, Finland, Italy and Spain jointly took the third spot, while the UK joined the Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, Lithuania, Norway, Iceland and Canada as the fourth most powerful passports.

On the other hand, the United States ranked 21 jointly with Malaysia, with visa-free access to 52 countries and visa-on-arrival for 40 destinations.

Afghanistan and Iraq, both of which have a score of just 31, are at the bottom of the list with Syria (34), Somalia (35) and Yemen (36) just above them.

Most powerful passports

  1. New Zealand
  2. Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, South Korea, Japan, Australia
  3. Sweden, Belgium, France, Finland, Italy, Spain  
  4. UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, Lithuania, Norway, Iceland, Canada
  5. Malta, Slovenia, Latvia
  6. Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Liechtenstein
  7. Slovakia
  8. Cyprus, Croatia, Monaco
  9. Romania, Bulgaria
  10. San Marino, Andorra, Uruguay

Least powerful passports

  1. Afghanistan, Iraq
  2. Syria  
  3. Somalia  
  4. Yemen
  5. Iran, Palestinian Territories
  6. Pakistan
  7. Myanmar, North Korea
  8. Ethiopia, Lebanon, Libya, Nepal, Eritrea
  9. Bangladesh, South Sudan
  10. Sudan

Source: Dhaka Tribune