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Canada's passport was just ranked among the best in the world

Canada's passport has once again been ranked among one of the best to have in the world, according to the Henley Passport Index.

The index is the original ranking of all the world’s passports, according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.

In this year's rankings, released on July 7, Canada came in ninth place with a score of 183.

Japan continues to hold the number one spot with a score of 191. Singapore takes second place, while Germany and South Korea are tied for third place. 

As parts of the globe begin to reopen following COVID-19 lockdowns, this year's index focused on what travel freedom and global mobility will look like in a post-pandemic world.

Last week, the European Union released a list of countries that would be allowed entry from July 1, based on health and safety criteria.

This is how the top 10 list breaks down:

  1. Japan
  2. Singapore
  3. Germany and South Korea
  4. Finland, Italy, Luxembourg and Spain
  5. Austria and Denmark
  6. France, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden
  7. Belgium, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
  8. Czech Republic, Greece, Malta, New Zealand
  9. Australia and Canada
  10. Hungary

Although the U.S. passport currently ranks in at sixth place on the Henley Passport Index, the current European Union travel ban means that Americans have roughly the same level of travel freedom as citizens of Uruguay and Mexico (ranked 28th and 25th respectively).

This is not reflected in the latest ranking, which does not take temporary travel bans into account. 

"In the coming months, we will see an emergence of a new global hierarchy in terms of mobility, with countries who have effectively managed the pandemic taking the lead, while countries who have handled it poorly falling behind," says Dr. Christian H. Kaelin, inventor of the passport index concept.

He adds: "Look at the U.S. passport, for example — in 2014, it held the number one spot in the world on our index, but U.S. nationals currently have far less travel freedom than most citizens of wealthy, industrialized nations and even of some less developed nations, being effectively locked out of Europe."

Lead photo by

Kylie Anderson

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