Premium Passports Lose Their Shine in a Post-Pandemic World

The Q3 2020 Henley Passport Index (HPI) has just been released, emphasizing again the starkly different post–Covid-19 reality when it comes to travel freedom and global mobility. While certain countries are slowly opening borders, the EU’s recently announced travel restrictions mean that some former high fliers on the index, such as the US and Brazil, have seen their passport power plummet, albeit temporarily. As Dr. Christian H. Kaelin, Chairman of the leading international residence and citizenship advisory firm Henley & Partners and the inventor of the passport index concept points out, we are seeing the emergence of a new global hierarchy in terms of mobility, with countries that have effectively managed the pandemic taking the lead, and countries that have handled it poorly falling behind.

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