Wednesday, 24 Apr 2019

Japanese passports are now the most powerful in the world


Japanese passportsJapanese passports -  Japan takes over the top spot from Singapore at the Henley Passport Index 2018, after gaining visa-free access to Myanmar this month.

Japanese passport holders now enjoy visa-free-arrival access in 190 countries, while Singapore is 'only' for 189 countries. Both countries shifted Germany to third place, along with South Korea and France.

German, South Korean and French citizens have visa-free access to 188 countries. France rose to that position after obtaining visa-free access to Uzbekistan.

Denmark, Finland, Italy, Sweden and Spain are ranked fourth along with 187 visa-free destination countries.

The United States and Britain, both with 186 destination countries, slipped from fourth to fifth because they did not have access to new jurisdictions since early 2018.

"The exit visa activity is stagnant compared to high-performing Asia, it seems unlikely they will regain the 1st place together in the near future that the US and UK achieved in 2015," Henley's press release said.

Indonesia is in 72nd position this year with 73 destination countries that do not require a visa or only visa on arrival.

Iraq and Afghanistan continue to be in distended positions (106) with 30 visa-free destination countries.

The Henley Passport Index 2018 obtains exclusive data from IATA, an international in-house research air transportation association.

In another ranking list released last October by the global financial advisory firm Arton Capital, Singapore which was declared the most powerful passport in the world.







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