Japan tops list of most powerful passports

Japan Has The Most Powerful Passport In The World

Japan Has The Most Powerful Passport In The World

Denmark, Italy, Finland, and Sweden share joint 4th place, with access to 187 destinations around the globe.

As of late 2018, Ukraine ranked 41 in the list, while Ukrainians are allowed visa-free travel to 128 countries.

The index, compiled by global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners, says it bases its ranking on "exclusive" data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and "is enhanced by extensive, ongoing research by the Henley & Partners Research Department".

Meanwhile, Japan holds top spot on the Henley Passport Index for the second year running, offering citizens visa-free access to a record 190 destinations, whereas Singapore continues to hold 2nd place, along with South Korea, which has moved up from 3rd place, with citizens able to access 189 destinations.

U.S. and United Kingdom passports both dropped in the rankings dropping from fifth in 2018 to a joint sixth place - which Henley described as a "significant fall" from the first place position these countries held in 2015.

Austrian, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese and Swiss passports shared the number six spot with the U.S. and UK.

While people argue over whether British passports should be blue or red, the document has tumbled down the table, falling from the top spot which it held previous year.

According to the ranking named the Henley Passport Index, holders of Ghanaian passports have visa-free access to 63 destinations. Germany and France remain in third place going into 2019, with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 188.

Making up the rest of the top ten countries are Belgium, Canada, Greece, and Ireland in seventh place, the Czech Republic in eighth, Malta in ninth and Australia, Iceland and New Zealand jointly occupying 10th.

The South Korean passport was third in the previous index, released in October a year ago, and rose a place in the ranking due to a new visa-on-arrival agreement with India.

Similarly, the United Arab Emirates continues its upward trajectory, now holding top spot in the Middle East region and 22nd place globally.

Japanese citizens are able to enter the most countries without needing a visa. It is updated in real-time, as and when visa-policy changes come into effect.

'In 2006, a citizen, on average, could travel to 58 destinations without needing a visa from the host nation; by the end of 2018, this number had almost doubled to 107'.

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