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Covid 19 coronavirus: The New Zealand passport equals the US and UK in the post-pandemic strength ranking | Instant News

The most recent MIQ worker who tested positive for Covid-19 was also not vaccinated. It comes amid revelations that 20 percent of border staff have not had the injection protecting them from the coronavirus.

The Japanese citizen now holds the most powerful passport in the world, even though the access it provides to other countries has greatly diminished in the post-pandemic world.

The Henley Passport Index has published the latest strength ratings for 199 different international travel documents. After the upheaval of 2020 and changing Covid-19 Travel restrictions – Japan maintains the world’s most powerful passport that grants access to 193 visa-free destinations.

Singapore takes second place with 192, followed by South Korea and Germany in joint third – both providing access to 191 destinations.

The top ten passports are rounded off by passports from within the EU block.

New Zealand, Britain and the United States share seventh place together – each of which grants visa-free access to 187 countries.

New Zealand has maintained its ranking, while Britain and the US “continue to face the eroding power of passports.” In ninth place, with access to 185 are Canada and Australia, which have also dropped places since 2020.

However, reports of passport strength come with many caveats.

Given the unpredictable nature of travel, Henley & Partners says “any degree of international travel freedom remains theoretical.”

The rankings have been compiled using IATA travel data, which shows the number of countries granting visa-free access to their holders. However, Henley & Partners acknowledged this was being done “without taking into account the temporary and growing restrictions on Covid-19 travel.”

Japan’s first place posting is simply ceremonial. The country has the top spot for number of reciprocal visa-free travel agreements – most of them suspended, or subject to quarantine or other conditions. This was only highlighted by the recent decision to ban spectators from the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics.

The passport strength index has shown a worrying direction of travel.  Photo / Jason Oxenham
The passport strength index has shown a worrying direction of travel. Photo / Jason Oxenham

The index shows that countries with successful vaccine launches are poised to enjoy a greater return to global mobility. Countries such as the UAE (15) and Israel (22) – which have both moved up the rankings – also have some of the most successful vaccine shots. The United Arab Emirates is now one of the fastest climbing passports in the ranking, climbing 50 places in the last decade.

“While nobody is expecting a return to pre-pandemic levels of mobility any time soon, the outlook is now clearly more hopeful than it was a few months ago,” said Christian H Kaelin CEO of Henley & Partners.

“The latest Henley Passport Index ranking is a reminder that economic recovery and development is dependent on global mobility, including the freedom of personal travel, and that the power of passports should not be underestimated.”

‘Passport Vaccine’ Ranking

While the Index focuses on theoretical soft power, it has uncovered some worrisome trends.

There is increasing travel inequality between richer versus richer economies and documents from poorer countries. Something that is exacerbated by the Covid-19 response and access to vaccines.

“The latest results show that the gap in travel freedom is now the biggest since the index started in 2006, with Japanese passport holders able to access 167 more destinations than Afghans,” said Henley & Partners.

The prospect of new travel documents or “vaccine passports” is likely to only increase this.

Professor Mehari Taddele Maru of the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies, gave a stern warning that countries with faster vaccination programs will reap the rewards of faster international travel.

“Basically, this is attributed to the strength of the asymmetry between rich and better regulated countries on the one hand, and those that are not on the other.”

Perhaps the biggest hurdle to a return to international travel on a broad basis is the lack of a unified push for Covid 19 travel documents.

IATA ICC and even individual countries have launched a health ‘passport’ to record vaccine information. With so many competing travel documents being trialed in different countries, we may soon need a separate “vaccine passport” ranking.

So how welcome are Kiwi travel documents around the world?

While the Henley & Partner index does not take into account travel restrictions related to Covid, the competitive rating of TGlobal Passport Index identifies New Zealand as the 5th most desirable travel document.

There are 68 Covid-related bans or pre-travel authorizations affecting New Zealand passport holders, while Japan was affected by 70, dropping Japanese passports to seventh place.

Henley & Partners Passport Strength Ranking

Passport Ranking Visa-free scores
1 Japan 193
2 Singapore 192
3 Germany 191
– South Korea
4 Finland 190
– Italy
– Luxembourg
– Spain
5 Austria 189
– Denmark
6 France 188
– Ireland
– Netherlands
– Portugal
– Sweden
7 Belgium 187
– New Zealand
– Switzerland
– Great Britain
– United States of America
8 Czech Republic 186
– Greece
9 Australia 185
– Canada
10 Hungary 183
– Lithuania
– Poland
– Slovakia
*Source: Henley & Partners Passport Index, based on the number of countries that grant visa-free access


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Cracks appeared in the PTI ranking: Kundi | Instant News

ISLAMABAD: PPP Information Secretary Faisal Karim Kundi said that on Wednesday, three MNA and 15 MPA accompanied Jahangir Tareen to court, meaning that there had been cracks in the ranks of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf.

“Jahangir Tareen has claimed support from 53 MPA and nearly 18 MNA, which shows that Imran Khan has lost the confidence of the majority of members in the National Assembly,” he said in a statement on Wednesday. He said PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s strategy of filing a motion of no confidence against Imran Khan was correct, but that PML-N would prefer to protect Imran Khan’s government. He said PML-N had deliberately asked for his resignation so that the PDM could be divided and the government could be saved.

Meanwhile, PPPP Information Secretary Shazia Atta Marri expressed concern over Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s statement that Maryam Nawaz’s statement was useless. Marriot said, PPP always takes Maryam Nawaz’s statement seriously and if PML-N says it is not important, it must be clarified how much Maryam Nawaz costs at PML-N.

He said the PML-N in connection with JUI created a loophole in the PDM for their own little interest. Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said that if PPP does not resign, JUI-F and PML-N will submit their resignation. “Now PML-N and JUI-F have to tell us when they will resign and when a cause notification of the event will be issued regarding the JUI-F and PTI alliance in Larkana,” he asked.


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KASB Securities was ranked number 1 in Asia, 2nd in North America | Instant News

KARACHI: Ali Farid Khwaja of KASB Securities is in the top 10 in three award categories. KASB was ranked No.1 in Asia, 2nd in North America and Number 6 in Europe for the Best Performance Award 2021 by TIM Group among independent research providers. This award is based on performance, consistency and volume of stock investment ideas. KASB is the only non-global investment bank that is ranked in the top 10 in three regions (North America, Europe and Asia). The TIM Group is the largest global trade ideas network. About 4,000 professionals from 300 banks and brokers participate in the TIM network where they submit their best stock investment ideas. It is the most prestigious global platform for sell-side contributors to measure the success of their stock investment ideas.

“It is a great honor and honor for us to be recognized for providing strong alpha generation ideas to our clients. It’s a privilege to be beside some of the largest global banks. This recognition will help us in our mission to bring global capital to the best-growing companies in Pakistan, ”said Ali Farid Khwaja, Chairman of KASB Securities Pakistan.

KASB’s retail trading app, KTrade is also Pakistan’s most downloaded stock trading app according to data on Similarweb. KTrade aims to democratize access to investment products for the masses.


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Tennis Rankings SSB Development Series starting March 27th | Instant News

KARACHI: The 62nd Sindh Sports Council Development Series Tennis Championship will be held from March 27 to April 2 at the Union Cooperative Club here.

The Sports Pakistan and Pakistan Soft Tennis Association provide technical support for Wheelchair Tennis and Soft Tennis events.

The single matches that will be played are for men, Junior 17, 15, 13, 11, 9, & 7, wheelchairs for men, and for soft tennis. Men’s doubles matches will also be played. Single matches under 9 and under 7 years old will be played with a modified soft tennis ball on a mini court. There will be a beach tennis event for men (singles & doubles) on April 11th.


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Divided We Stand ”Premiere at # 1 on Cable News Last Night in Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Young Viewers (18-34) | Instant News

15 February 2021

Premiere of CNN’s “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy” and “Lincoln: Divided We Stand” at # 1 on Cable News Last Night in Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Young Viewers (18-34)



The premiere of CNN’s newest Original Series last night Stanley Tucci: Traveling through Italy (Sunday, February 14 at 9 p.m., “Naples and the Amalfi Coast”) debuted at # 1 in cable news with total viewers, adults 25-54 and among younger viewers 18-34, according to Nielsen Fast National data. In total viewership, CNN was the most watched with 1.516 million + 28% more than FNC’s 1.180 million and + 135% gain over 645K MSNBC. In the adult key demo 25-54, CNN averaged 262k, an impressive + 67% gain over FNC’s 157k and + 164% over MSNBC’s 99k, outperforming the two networks combined. In a younger audience, CNN has 63k to 54k FNC to 16k MSNBC.

In next week’s episode, “Rome,” Tucci heads to the Italian capital in search of the famous Four Pasta. Airing on Sunday, February 21 at 21.00 ET / PT.


Lincoln: Divided we Stand also premiered last night (Sunday, February 14 at 10pm, “Rising Star”) as the # 1 program in cable news across the board – total viewers, adults 25-54 and 18-34 according to Nielsen Fast National data. Total audience Lincoln occupied the top rank with 1.325 million, + 37% more than FNC’s 966 thousand and + 160% leading over 510 thousand MSNBC. Among 25-54 year old adults, CNN outperformed FNC and MSNBC combined, attracting CNN 259k, + 102% gain over FNC 129k and + 261% lead over MSNBC 72k. Between 18-34, CNN had 67k to 38k FNC to 15k MSNBC.

Next week’s episode (“Portrait of a Leader”) will examine Abraham Lincoln’s political position and persona, from his stance on slavery to his ascent to the White House. Airs February 21 at 10 pm ET / PT.



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