Portugal is now on 5th place in the Henley Passport Index, the worldwide ranking by Henley & Partners that organizes countries according to the freedom of movement of its citizens since 2006.
The Portuguese passport currently lets you enter 185 countries in the world without a prior visa, and there are not many countries that give this power to travel without a visa.
Portugal is in 5th next to Austria and the Netherlands in an “original ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa”.
As the company refers, the ranking is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association, which maintains the world’s largest and most accurate database of travel information and enhanced by ongoing research by the Henley & Partners Research Department.
In fact, there are no significant differences between Portugal and the highly classified, as the ranking mostly shows the evolutions of visa policies and its disparities worldwide, where Portugal continues to improve its freedom of access to other countries.
According to the chairman of Henley & Partners, the latest rankings show that most “countries around the world increasingly view visa openness as crucial to economic and social progress” and that “often, there’s a correlation between visa freedom and other benefits such as business and investment freedom, independence of the judiciary, fiscal health and property rights”.