Japan & Singapore’s Passports Remain World’s Most Powerful

Japan and Singapore lead the list of the world’s most powerful passports, while travelers from both countries are eligible to travel to a total of 192 destinations worldwide without being obliged to acquire a visa in advance, the recent report of the Henley Passport Index shows.

Based on the data provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the report has revealed that Germany and South Korea both share second place, with their passports giving visa-free access to a total of 190 countries worldwide, VisaGuide.World reports.

According to the Henley Passport Index, Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, and Spain passports have been positioned in third place, while citizens of these countries can travel visa-free to 189 countries worldwide.

Due to visa-free and visa-on-arrival scores of 188, Austria and Denmark have been ranked fourth in the list of the world’s most powerful passports.

At the same time, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, and Sweden have been ranked in fifth place, with visa-free access to a total of 187 destinations worldwide. Passports of Belgium, New Zealand, and Switzerland give their travelers access to a total of 186 countries worldwide; therefore, they are ranked in sixth place.

Czech Republic, Greece, Malta, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States share seventh place with their visa-free/ visa-on-arrival score of 185.

The report has also revealed that passports of Australia and Canada permit their travelers to visit a total of 184 countries worldwide without being obliged to acquire a visa in advance. The Hungarian passport has been positioned in ninth place due to its visa-free access to a total of 183 countries.

According to the Henley Passport Index, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia share the tenth place, while their passports allow their citizens to travel to a total of 182 countries without being obliged to acquire a visa in advance.

Estonia, Latvia, and Slovenia passports have been ranked in the eleventh place due to a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 181.

In the list of the world’s most powerful passports, Iceland is ranked in the twelfth place, while its passport permits its holders to visit a total of 180 countries worldwide visa-free.

Malaysia has been ranked in the thirteenth position, as its passport grants its citizens access to a total of 179 destinations.

At the same time, Liechtenstein has been ranked in the fourteenth place due to visa-free and visa-on-arrival scores of 178.

However, a recent report of the Henley and Partners revealed that countries such as Singapore and Japan had been ranked in the first position, have kept in place the strictest entry rules in order to halt the spread of the virus, in contrast, countries with lower-ranking passports have not chosen strict entry rules as an effort to stop the further spread of the virus. According to the report, such decisions of governments created the widest global mobility gap in its 16-year history.

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