The Japanese passport is the most powerful passport in the world, according to the Henley Passport Index which provides a ranking of the 199 passports of the world according to the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free.
Japan passport holders can travel to 191 destinations around the world without a visa. The country has scored the number one position in the ranking for a third year in a row now.
Henley Passport Index ranks all the world’s passports based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA)
Singapore holds onto second place position with a score of 190, while South Korea drops down a rank to third place alongside Germany, giving their passport holders visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to 189 destinations worldwide.
The US and the UK share the eighth place position, marking a “significant decline” from the number one spot they jointly held in 2015. Elsewhere in the top 10, Finland and Italy share fourth place, with a score of 188, while Denmark, Luxembourg, and Spain together hold fifth place, with a score of 187.
Christian H Kaelin, chairman of Henley & Partners, said: “Asian countries’ dominance of the top spots is a clear argument for the benefits of open-door policies and the introduction of mutually beneficial trade agreements. Over the past few years, we have seen the world adapt to mobility as a permanent condition of global life.”
The UAE has climbed 47 places over the past ten years and now sits in 18th place, with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 171.
On the other end of the travel freedom spectrum, Afghanistan remains at the bottom of the index, with its nationals only able to visit a 26 destinations visa-free.
Below is the full list:
Most powerful passports
3. South Korea
Least powerful passports