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Canada has one of the most powerful passports in the world: report

Each year, the Henley Passport Index presents its ranking of passports according to the number of countries their holders can enter without the bother of applying for a visa in advance. 
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The Henley Passport Index has released its 2020 ranking of the world's most powerful passports and Canada ranked among the strongest.

Each year, the Henley Passport Index presents its ranking of passports according to the number of countries their holders can enter without the bother of applying for a visa in advance. The renowned London-based consultancy, which helps governments develop citizenship-by-investment programs, bases the ranking on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and additional in-house research. In this year's index, all of the top three places are occupied by Asian passports.  

The Japanese passport has once again been confirmed as the world's best travel document for the third year running, offering Visa-free access to 189 destinations worldwide. Singapore came second, allowing travelers Visa-free access to 190 countries. South Korea is third, alongside Germany, with its document giving access to 189 countries.

Finland and Italy tied for fourth, offering travelers Visa-free access to 188 countries. Demark, Luxembourg, and Spain came fifth, with their respective documents giving acess to 187 destinations across the globe. France is sixth, alongside Sweden, with each country's passports offering Visa-free access to 187 countries. 

Austria, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portuagal, and Switzerland placed seventh, allowing travelers Visa-free access to 185 countries. Belgium, Greece, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States tied for the eighth spot, with their respective documents allowing access to 184 countries. 

Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Malta and New Zealand share the ninth spot, with passport-holders enjoying Visa-free access to 183 countries worldwide. 

The document which has opened the door to the largest number of new territories in ten years is the United Arab Emirates passport, which is placed 18th in the ranking and allows for easy access to 171 countries.

At the bottom of the table, the Afghan passport, which only offers trouble-free travel to 26 countries, is the world's least effective.

- With files from Relax News. 





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