Turkey drops 2 places on 2021 passport index, ranking 53rd

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Turkey has dropped two places on a list of countries with the most powerful passports and now ranks 53rd, according to the latest report by the Henley Passport Index.

According to the report released on Jan. 5, Turkish citizens can travel to as many as 110 countries visa-free compared to 111 in 2020.

Each of the 199 passports on the list is checked against all 227 possible travel destinations for which travel restriction information exists in the International Air Transport Association (IATA) database. The score is updated throughout the year as conditions change.

Citizens of Japan, which tops the list with the most powerful passport in the world for the year 2021, can travel to as many as 191 countries visa-free and have visa-on-arrival access to 191 destinations around the world. Japan is followed by Singapore and then Germany with visa-free travel to 190 and 189 destinations, respectively.

The Henley Passport Index is the original ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa. The ranking is based on exclusive data from the IATA, which maintains the world’s largest and most accurate database of travel information, and is enhanced by ongoing research by the Henley & Partners Research Department.

The rankings come at a time when the travel industry has been among the worst-hit sectors globally amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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