Henley Passport Index measures “the power” of a passport by the number of countries where the passport holders are able to travel without visa.
As surprising as it might seem, in 2020 Romania is on the 17th position in the last Henley Passport Index, as Romanian passport holders are able to travel visa free towards 172 countries. Meanwhile, neighbouring Bulgarians travel without visa towards 171 countries, while Hungarians travel to 181 countries without visa.
This year’s winner is Japanese passport, whose holder is allowed to travel towards 191 destinations visa-free, with Singapore on second, with 190.
Despite this performance, Romania climbing up a spot from last year, there are voices who say the Romanian passport has a “major issue”: Romanian passport holder is not able to travel to America without visa. On the contrary, the Poles has just been allowed to enter Visa Waiver program by Donald Trump, who promised Romania will follow at a certain moment in the future.