The Passport Index is a world ranking that analyzes the most powerful passports in the world, that means, the passports that give more freedom of movement to its citizens.

Like every year, in early 2020, the ranking led by Japan was presented. In any case, due to the current circumstances that are being experienced with the coronavirus crisis and when half the world is confined to their country without being able to leave, the ranking has varied substantially.

We can affirm that Japan has maintained its position at the top of the table, followed by Singapore, which has entered the second quarter of 2020. Third, we find Germany and South Korea tied, and it is in fourth position where we find Spain, along with Italy, Finland and Luxembourg.

As explained by the experts, the circumstances of the pandemic have changed, in some cases, the power of certain passports.

 

The importance of health security

Traditionally, the strength of each passport was measured, among other things, by the country’s economic situation or geopolitical issues. Well, the coronavirus crisis has highlighted the importance of the quality of the health system and emergencies of each country.

According to experts, it will be interesting to see if health security will be one of the aspects to consider when evaluating the option of acquiring a second passport in a specific country.

If we focus on Spain, the health system is characterized by being public and universal. Also, during the Covid-19 crisis, the Spanish executive has taken different measures and decisions that have been applauded by the World Health Organization.

 

The good positioning of Spain

The fourth position that ranking gives to Spain shows the value of having Spanish nationality. Firstly, with this passport we can travel to 188 countries without the need for a visa, this means that we can enter many countries without asking for any prior authorization or doing bureaucratic procedures.

Likewise, Spain enjoys an excellent quality of life. Cosmopolitan cities, but also dream beaches in the Balearic Islands are just some of the options that the country offers us. Madrid and Barcelona are the two most important cities, with a better balance between work and personal life, according to numerous rankings. In addition, and as we have previously pointed out, the Spanish healthcare system is one of the most advanced in the world, which is one more attraction when it comes to investing in Spain.

Finally, it is interesting to note that, through the Golden Visa Spain program, the investor obtains the residence permit for himself, but also for his family, spouse and children.

The following is the top 10 of the index:

1. Japan (191 destinations)

2. Singapore (190)

3. South Korea and Germany (189)

4. Italy, Finland, Spain, Luxembourg (188)

5. Denmark and Austria (187)

6. Sweden, France, Ireland, the Netherlands and Portugal (186)

7. USA, UK, Belgium, Norway and Switzerland (185)

8. Czech Republic, Greece, Malta and New Zealand (184)

9. Canada and Australia (183)

10. Hungary (182)

 

Source: CNN

 

With the coronavirus crisis, the Spanish health system and the others from the rest of the countries are on everyone’s lips. Every day, doctors, nurses and other health staff work hard against an enemy, the Covid-19, which, in more than one case, is testing the health systems and models of each and every country affected.

Although it is true that Spain is one of the countries where the coronavirus pandemic is having the most impact and hospitals are almost at the limit due to thousands of cases, the Spanish healthcare system is one of the most advanced in the world, ranking among the first positions in numerous international rankings. And this is being demonstrated with the current management of the Covid-19.

Among the main measures to alleviate the coronavirus, the Ministry of Health has enabled new spaces such as hospitals so that everyone in need can be attended by health staff. In this way, private clinics have become government-run public centers. Likewise, large spaces such as pavilions are also enabled for coronavirus patients. In all these cases, the healthcare that the Spanish government is offering is completely free, so that all citizens can be properly cared for.

In parallel, ICU beds have also been expanded for more seriously ill patients. In the case of the Community of Madrid, it has gone from 641 to 1.429 beds, more than double. In the case of Catalonia, the 652 ICU beds under normal conditions have been expanded to 1.391.

Everything you need to know about the Spanish healthcare system

Spanish healthcare is one of the main attractions of the country and it is an element to take into account when evaluating the possibility of establishing in this country. The Spanish health system is mainly characterized by two principles, universality and free; this means that the entire population has the right to access Spanish healthcare, whenever and wherever they need without any cost.

According to a report prepared by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2018, which evaluates the best healthcare systems in the world, Spain is in seventh position, second only to France, Italy, San Marino, Andorra, Malta and Singapore. Once again, this ranking highlights the health boom in Spain with highly qualified professionals and world-class healthcare centers. Likewise, we cannot overlook the fact that Spain is the second country with the highest life expectancy in Europe.

Health, an essential element to consider

When considering the possibility of acquiring citizenship or residence by investing in another country, it is important to take into account certain factors such as the quality of life of the territory and other elements such as education or health. And, most residency and investment programs are extensible to the relatives of the interested party, which means that the couple and the children, under 18 years of age, can take advantage of the rights granted by these programs.

If you are considering the possibility of obtaining citizenship or residence by investment, we can help you. We accompany you during all phases of the investment project, offering you personalized and tailored attention. With a multicultural team we work efficiently and transversally.

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Empresa Exterior, an online journal about Spain’s foreign business, has interviewed our CEO, Oriol Molas, with the aim of knowing how the coronavirus crisis is affecting foreign investment, especially within the real estate sector.

Likewise, Molas has explained the need to have a plan B in crisis situations and how Orience International is helping their clients.

Among the most important points of the interview are:

  • Investments that appeared to be underway have not been canceled
  • We keep in daily contact with our clients to help them at all times
  • In situations such as the current one, the need to have a plan B would, citizenship or residence in another country, is highlighted
  • With the Covid-19 crisis, the international investor with multiple residences and / or citizenships has been able to decide where to spend this time
  • The crisis will pass and those characteristics that made an attractive market last over time

Read the interview here!