New Zealand passport is the world's most powerful

According to the latest power passport ranking, New Zealand rose to first place with 129 countries and territories exempt from its visa.

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The NZ Herald reported that the New Zealand passport occupies the top position of the world power rankings. With a rising trend in the indexes over the years, New Zealand finally knocked Japan out of the top spot in the passport ranking.

New Zealand citizens can easily enter 129 United Nations member countries and territories, do not need a visa or can apply for a visa at the arrival places.

The Covid-19 pandemic caused an immigration disturbance, which also meant that New Zealand was exempt from visas to fewer countries than before. Even so, New Zealand passport holders are not as heavily affected by travel restrictions as other nationalities.

Due to the turmoil of the global epidemic, New Zealand citizens own the most powerful passport in the world today. Photo: Unsplash.

After Australia expanded its quarantine free travel regulation to New Zealand passport holders, there are now 129 countries offering visa-free services to citizens of the island nation.

This is up 80 countries from the peak of the pandemic crisis in the last six months. However, this metric also represents a reduction of 40 locations that offer limited free travel to New Zealanders in 2019.

Japan fell to 2nd place, along with Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Ireland, Korea, and Australia (with 128 countries and territories exempt for their visa).

European countries make up the bulk of the top 10 list of power passports, as most have access to the Schengen "free move" zones with some restrictions.

The notable absence from the top 10 is the US, which has fallen to 21st place in the passport ranking. Although it has risen to a higher rank since July, the freedom of entry once enjoyed by US passport holders has been heavily influenced by Covid-19's impact on their country.

In July, US passports fell to an all-time low of the 28th position in the ranking, below Mexico and Uruguay.

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