Portuguese passport more “powerful”
The power of the Portuguese passport has increased in the last year according to a report by Henley & Partners.
The Portuguese passport is now ranked in 5th place, alongside countries like Malta and New Zealand, as it allows entry into 187 countries.
Singapore has replaced Japan at the top of the list and is now the most powerful passport in the world, according to the 'Henley Passport Index: Q3 2023 Global Ranking', published by the consultancy Henley & Partners.
Singapore citizens' passport allows visa-free entry to 192 of the world's 227 destinations, which is why it is now regarded as the most powerful in the world.
In 2nd place are passports from Germany, Italy and neighbouring Spain, which allow entry into 190 countries.
Over 54,000 foreigners asked for nationality in 2021
According to the Annual Internal Security Report (RASI), over 54,000 foreigners applied for Portuguese nationality in 2021 and the Foreigners Service issued 46,855 positive opinions.
Over 54,000 foreigners applied for Portuguese nationality in 2021 and the Foreigners Service issued 46,855 positive opinions, mostly to citizens from Israel and Brazil, according to the Annual Internal Security Report (RASI).
Resident foreign population rose 7.8% in 2021
The 2021 report, approved this week by the Supreme Council of Internal Security and delivered to Parliament, shows that in the past there has been a decrease in the number of applications for Portuguese nationality, totalling 54,288.
The report said that the Immigration and Borders Service issued 47,278 opinions, 46,855 of which were positive and 423 negative.
According to the report, the most representative nationalities were Israel (20,252), Brazil (11,109), Cabo Verde (2,242), Ukraine (1,285), Angola (1,277), Venezuela (1,023), Argentina (1,004), India (967) and Guinea Bissau (768).
The number of requests made to acquire Portuguese nationality by naturalisation represented 73.5% of the total and acquisition by marriage 12.2%.