Sumary of Ranked: The best and worst passport to hold in 2021:
- The SA passport’s highest ranking was 35th, achieved in 2008 and 2009.The world’s most travel-friendly passports in 2021 According to CNN, the index doesn’t take temporary restrictions into account, and saw Japan on top of the leaderboard once more, with its passport offering visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 193 destinations around the world.
- “With restricted mobility the status quo, the latest results and research from theHenley Passport Indexdemonstrate that the gap between theoretical and actual travel freedom remains stark.” In the real world, holders of Japanese passports theoretically have access right now to fewer than 80 destinations – almost the same as the index ranking of Saudi Arabia, which sits down in 71st place.
- Vaccine roll-out Meanwhile, countries with highly successful COVID-19 vaccine rollouts are still bound by travel restrictions.
- In theory, US and UK passport holders are able to access 187 destinations around the world, but the reality is that doors are only open to UK travellers in fewer than 60 destinations, while the US is just ahead at 61.