Citizenship firm Henley and Partners, which periodically ranks passports according to the level of travel freedom they allow citizens, has published its first Henley Passport Index of 2021. The previously quarterly ranking saw New Zealand’s black book in number one spot, followed by Australia and 11 other nations at number two. It’s the third time Japan has held the number 1 spot, either alone or tied with Singapore. And that trend is likely to continue as international travel eventually returns after the pandemic, Henley and Partners’ report said. When the Henley Passport Index was first published in 2006, the UAE was all the way down the list in 62nd place.