There was a time when having an American or British passport was considered the best for travel, but also for the other benefits conferred on its citizens. It is well documented how much this has changed since the start of the pandemic (as well as the impact of Brexit on the downgrade of a UK passport) and how people are looking for second passports, for security and freedom. increased movement.
In 2021, the Henley Passport Index ranked Germany as the most powerful in Europe, providing access to 190 destinations around the world without a visa, one of the main definitions of strong passports. In this recent list, Japan and Singapore took the joint first place, with access to 192 visa-free destinations. The UK and US are tied for seventh place with access to 185 destinations.
Seven years ago, the United States was in number one and is steadily declining year on year, according to Henley. And during the pandemic, the two countries were temporarily reduced to being able to access only 75 countries (US) and less than 70 for the UK. countries may shut down American travelers overnight.
Global Citizens Solutions, an immigration consulting firm, recently announced the release of its first-ever Global Passport Index, which places the United States in number one spot for 2022. The index also took into account investment opportunities and indicators of each country’s quality of life, as well as the number of countries its citizens can enter without a visa.
Another key factor taken into account was the prospect of opening a business in another country, on which the United States performed well. Patricia Casaburi, Managing Director of Global Citizen Solutions, said of its high ranking that “the country offers many attractive visa solutions for expats looking to invest in America, such as the EB5 visa program and the visa program. E2 “. Casaburi also adds that “the US business visa also allows citizens to spend 90 days in the country for business ventures.”
The best passports for 2022 according to Global Citizens Solutions are:
1. United States of America
4. The Netherlands
7. United Kingdom
10. New Zealand
Each country is ranked on a mobility index, an investment index and a quality of life index. Each index weighs 50% (Mobility) 25% (Investment) 25% (Quality of life) and with a total score of 96.4, the United States ranks first.
There are other passport indexes, which calculate the power of passports based on other criteria; The Arton Capital passport index takes into account 193 members of the United Nations and six territories: ROC Taiwan, Macao (SAR of China), Hong Kong (SAR of China), Kosovo, Palestinian Territory and Vatican. Its 2021 index puts Germany in the lead.
Incidentally, Armand Arton, CEO of Arton Capital has been a strong advocate for inserting medical information into existing passports, to help control the spread of disease, to report vaccine status, to enable tracking and tracking. real-time Covid-19 tracing and enable immediate restrictions. This approach would of course raise concerns on issues of data protection and civil liberties.
Obtaining a second passport
There are a number of ways to get a second passport to allow living in a different country – increasingly possible now that Covid-19 has disconnected some workers from specific geographic locations (another option is to acquire a nomad visa from one of the many countries in the world that now offer them).
Sometimes passports can be obtained through the original citizenship of grandparents or another way can be to fall in love with a native of another country (although this is increasingly difficult and Cape Town -Green is the only place that offers nationality immediately after marriage).
Many people increasingly buy a second passport to enter a country. Portugal’s Golden Residency Program is one such solution, where for a minimum contribution of € 250,000 (around $ 297,000) people can live and work freely in Portugal, travel freely in Europe and apply for citizenship afterwards. 5 years. The last way is what Conde Nast calls it the “old-fashioned” method: applying for citizenship after living in a country for a specified period.