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The most powerful passport in the world for 2020



The most powerful passport in the world for 2020

(CNN) – Before Covid-19 hit, the world enjoyed greater freedom of movement than at any time in history.

Air traffic has been steadily increasing for decades and the average passport holder worldwide enjoys visa-free or on-arrival visa access to 107 global destinations.

And then came the travel ban.

That Henley Passport Index, which periodically measures the most travel-friendly passports in the world, has just released its third report in the new decade.

Asians continue to have travel documents that open the most doors. Japan is at the top of the leaderboards, offering visa-on-arrival or visa-free access to 191 destinations worldwide.

Singapore came in second (with a score of 190) and South Korea established relations with Germany in third (with a score of 189).

However, the standard rating does not take into account the temporary ban – and that, said Henley & Partners in its release, is where the juiciest details are: “It is very eye-opening to consider what travel freedom currently looks for once prestigious passport holders.”

Last week EU releases the list of the 14 countries whose citizens will be allowed into the bloc from July 1, a few months after that closed the external border in response to the outbreak of Covid-19.

Japan and South Korea reached levels that match health and safety criteria related to EU coronaviruses, as did Australia and Canada (in ninth place together on the Henley Passport Index).

However, said Henley & Partner, “in a move which is seen as a scathing rebuke for poor handling of a pandemic,” the United States is an important exception, along with Brazil and Russia.

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The United States currently ranks seventh in the official index, but under the current EU ban, Americans have the same level of freedom of travel as Mexican citizens (No. 25 on the Henley Passport Index, with a score of 159) and Uruguay (No. 28, with a score of 153).

Likewise, the absence of Brazil from the list of countries welcomed by the European Union means that, although Henley’s official ranking is No. 19, the current reality is that the ranking is somewhere closer to Paraguay (36th in the index, with a score of 142).

Singapore, meanwhile, ranks second on the Henley Passport Index but its exclusion from the EU list means that its passport holders currently have far less freedom of travel than other countries on the top podium: Japan, South Korea and Germany.

Christian H. Kaelin, chairman of Henley & Partners and inventor of the passport index concept, said the impact of the recent European Union decision would be far-reaching. “As we have seen, the impact of the pandemic on freedom of travel is more drastic and durable than previously thought. This latest decision by the European Union indicates that there will be more upheaval coming.”

Japan holds the top position for 2020.


The best passports to have in 2020 are:

1. Japan (191 destinations)

2. Singapore (190)

3. South Korea, Germany (189)

4. Italy, Finland, Spain, Luxembourg (188)

5. Denmark, Austria (187)

6. Sweden, France, Portugal, Netherlands, Ireland (186)

7. Switzerland, United States, United Kingdom, Norway, Belgium (185)

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8. Greece, New Zealand, Malta, Czech Republic (184)

9. Canada, Australia (183)

10. Hungary (181)

The worst passport you can hold

Some countries in the world have visa-on-arrival or visa-free access to less than 40 countries. This includes:

103. North Korea (39 destinations)

104. Libya, Nepal, Palestinian Territory (38)

105. Somalia, Yemen (33)

106. Pakistan (32)

107. Syria (29)

108. Iraq (28)

109. Afghanistan (26)

Other indexes

The Henley & Partner List is one of several indices created by financial companies to rank global passports according to the access they give to their citizens.

The Henley Passport Index is based on data provided by the International Air Transportation Authority (IATA) and covers 199 passports and 227 travel destinations. This is updated in real time throughout the year, when and when changes to visa policies come into force.

The Arton Capital Passport Index considers passports from 193 UN member states and six regions – Taiwan’s ROC, Macau (SAR China), Hong Kong (SAR China), Kosovo, Palestinian Territory and the Vatican. Regions attached to other countries are not included.

The 2020 index places Japan and New Zealand at the top, with a visa-free score of 118.

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CBF congratulates Cruzeiro on the title, but makes a mistake with the “Portuguese” Pezzolano



CBF congratulates Cruzeiro on the title, but makes a mistake with the "Portuguese" Pezzolano

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) made a “gaffe” when congratulating Cruzeiro on the Brazilian Serie B title won last Friday (30) after the failures of Grêmio and Bahia. While congratulating the heavenly team, the entity “managed” to change the nationality of coach Paulo Pezzolano, identifying him as Portuguese.

“Until the 32nd round, the team under the leadership of the Portuguese Paulo Pezzolano had 71 points, eighteen more than Gremio, which is currently in second place. Organization website.

Cruzeiro fans are already “heavy” because of the CBF, because the organization does not issue the Cruzeiro Cup in next Wednesday’s (5) fight against Ituano at the Mineirana. The trophy will only be delivered in the last round of the competition, scheduled for November 6th.

The main bet of the Ronaldo leadership is to start the process of “reconstruction” of Cruzeiro, Pezzolano is a Uruguayan born in Montevideo on April 25, 1993.

The coach’s employment contract was duly registered in the CBF Daily Newsletter (BID). It states the correct nationality, such as Uruguayan.

In addition, when he was still a player, Pezzolano also played in Brazilian football, defending Atlético-PR.

Now off the field, Pezzolano became the foreign manager with the most appearances, ahead of Cruzeiro (52), and also the most victorious.

He was the only foreigner to win the title for Cruzeiro. His “predecessors”, the Uruguayan Ricardo Diez (1953), the Argentine Filpo Nunez (1955 and 1970) and the Portuguese Paulo Bento (2016), spent less time in Rapos and could not lift a single trophy.

In 52 games under Pezzolano Cruzeiro won 33, drew nine and lost 10 (69.23% profit). In these matches, the heavenly team scored 85 goals and conceded only 39.

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A moment of silence in Portuguese football over the tragedy in Indonesia



A moment of silence in Portuguese football over the tragedy in Indonesia

The Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) announced this Sunday a minute of silence at the competitions it organizes, namely the Portuguese Cup, in memory of the victims of the tragedy that occurred in Indonesia.

“The Directorate of the Portuguese Football Federation announces a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the tragedy that occurred at the football stadium in Indonesia. The official website of the organization.

In the same note, FPF President Fernando Gomes says that “with great surprise and a feeling of deep pain, but also indignation” he learned “of the tragic scale of the events that have taken place in the stadium. in Indonesia”.

“It is with great sadness that I deplore the dramatic consequences of this tragedy, which resulted in the death of more than 170 fans, including many children. A football stadium should be a stage for celebration and joy, not for violence and death,” he said. concluded.

A moment of silence will be observed at the competitions organized by the FPF, namely the Portuguese Cup, the second stage of which will take place this weekend.

Indonesian authorities said 174 people were killed in unrest at the end of a football match in East Java, but acknowledged that the number could rise as many of them were critically injured.

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The tragedy, one of the worst in the history of football, occurred on Saturday evening when about 3,000 fans took to the field after Arema’s home team lost 3-2 to rivals Persebay Surabaya.

Police fired tear gas to try to contain the angry supporters, but their actions caused panic and thousands of people rushed to the exit.

Many people were trampled to death in the chaos of the stampede. At least two police officers were killed in the unrest that spread outside the stadium.

The Indonesian league was suspended and the authorities ordered an investigation into the incidents.

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New serious injury of the player of the national team of Portugal



Extremo português oferecido ao Manchester United Lesão Pedro Neto

An injury forces Pedro Neto to be substituted in the Wolves game.

Bad news for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Pedro Neto. The Portuguese received a new injury, and, according to Bruno Lage, it could be serious.

Away to West Ham, where the Portuguese lost 2-0, Pedro Neto was replaced in the 24th minute by Adama Traore, and after the match, the Wolves coach said that the injury could be “ugly”.

Wolves are now in the Premier League relegation zone, and Pedro Neto may be left with no hope of qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar.

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