Thursday 22 October, 2020

Barbados continues to hold strongest passport in the Caribbean

Barbados continues to hold the strongest passport in the Caribbean.

The second quarter of the Henley Passport Index shows that Barbados has the 23rd strongest passport in the world, above all other Caribbean passports.

St Kitts and Nevis moved up one place from the first quarter report to number 26 with The Bahamas right behind at 27, Antigua and Barbuda at number 29 and Trinidad and Tobago tied at 30 with Costa Rica.

The Henley Passport Index is the original and most authoritative ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa. The index includes 199 passports and 227 travel destinations.

The ranking is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which maintains the world’s largest and most accurate database of travel information, and is enhanced by the Henley and Partners Research Department.

The index’s scoring system was developed to give users a nuanced, practical, and reliable overview of their passport’s power. Each passport is scored on the total number of destinations that the holder can access visa-free.

In its analysis of the index, Henley says that with global travel almost at a standstill, the latest results of the Henley Passport Index offer disturbing insight into the havoc the COVID-19 pandemic is indiscriminately wreaking.

“Japan’s passport continues to hold the top spot on the Henley Passport Index as we enter the second quarter of 2020, but the reality is that current stringent travel restrictions mean that most non-essential travel for Japanese nationals is heavily curtailed. This is true for almost every country of course, as more travel bans are implemented daily, and ever-more stringent coronavirus lockdown regulations are imposed by governments worldwide,” the report says.

“With 3.5 billion people, nearly half the global population, presently living in voluntary or mandatory confinement, the latest results from the index — which is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) — raise challenging questions about what travel freedom and global mobility really mean, both currently and in a deeply uncertain post-pandemic future.”

Five of the Caribbean islands on the Index are in the Citizenship-by-Investment programme.

Dr Juerg Steffen, CEO of Henley and Partners said they believe that in the post–COVID-19 environment, investment migration will take on a dramatically enhanced importance for both individual investors and sovereign states.

“Acquiring alternative residence or citizenship will act as a hedge against the significant macro-economic volatility that is predicted, creating even more sovereign and societal value across the world.”

This is how the Caribbean islands ranked on the Henley Passport Index

23: Barbados

26: St Kitts and Nevis

27: The Bahamas

30: Trinidad and Tobago

32: St Vincent and the Grenadines

33: St Lucia

35: Grenada

38: Dominica

56: Belize

60: Guyana

61:  Jamaica

66: Suriname

78: Dominican Republic

79: Cuba

84: Haiti

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