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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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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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