Besides also being at the top of the list of countries with a high level of English, Portugal holds the 5th most powerful passport in the world. In recent years the Portuguese passport has served as a gateway to almost 185 countries and it is as powerful as a passport stamped with Austria or the Netherlands.
Portugal maintains the same position as it was in 2008 and 2009. However, anyone with a Portuguese passport will need an early visa for 41 countries such as Angola, Cuba, India, Russia, Saudi Arabia or Azerbaijan.
But the most powerful passport is the Japanese one that gives access to 190 countries. The same is true of Singapore; South Korea, Finland and Germany are in second place for allowing access to 188 countries without prior visa.
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Five years ago, the US and the UK topped this list, but are now in sixth place, the lowest position since 2010. The biggest climb is the United Arab Emirates, which climbed five places and is in 15th place.
As for UK’s passport, there will be a ‘transitional period’ until at least December 2020, in which free movement of EU citizens to the country will continue more or less as it operates today. After that, the UK is expected to introduce a new immigration system.
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