Antiguans and Barbudans can now travel to nine new destinations, visa-free or visa upon entry, improving its global passport ranking from 31st to 25th.
In the most recent Henley Passport Index, Antigua and Barbuda now enjoys visa-free access to 149 destinations improving from its previous 140 destinations. This includes San Marino, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Senegal and Benin.
The Henley Passport Index, which is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), has recently been updated through extensive research to include eight new travel destinations. According to Dr. Christian H. Kälin, Group Chairman of Henley & Partners, “this addition means that the index now encompasses almost all of the world’s destinations for which travel information is publicly available, making it the most robust index of its kind. The Henley Passport Index surveys a total of 199 different passports against 227 different travel destinations, including countries, territories, and micro-states. The index is innovating the way we map and measure travel freedom, making it easier for individuals to understand where exactly they lie on the spectrum of global mobility.”
Discussing the Caribbean region, Dr. Suzette Haughton, a Senior Lecturer in Geography at the University of the West Indies, notes that countries such as Grenada, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic are actively strengthening their passport power through engagement with powerful Asian and Middle Eastern states — with this engagement visible in the migration space as well as in the travel space. As she explains: “A major development to watch in the upcoming quarter concerns the increasing mobility of Chinese and Taiwanese business migrants into the Caribbean region, coupled with the alignment of individual Caribbean countries’ national interest concerns with those of either China or Taiwan.”
Ms. Gaye Hechme, Managing Partner for Henley & Partners Antigua, has affirmed that the recent achievement will allow Antiguans and Barbudans to travel to the new destinations hassle free.
“This accomplishment expands options available to Antiguans and Barbudans, while alleviating them of the burden of fees, paperwork and time to acquire visas for these destinations. This achievement also signifies that Antigua and Barbuda’s CIP brand has made the island more attractive to potential investors, resulting in an improved quality of life for locals and investors alike,” Hechme explained.
Henley & Partners continues to work closely with Antigua and Barbuda’s CIP unit to ensure that the Caribbean destination remains a premium brand.
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