Japan Passport Overtakes Singapore’s as World’s Most Powerful

Holders of Japanese passports can now travel visa-free to 189 countries.

The Japan passport now offers its citizens visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 189 destinations.

Singaporeans no longer own the world’s own most powerful passport, according to the latest Henley Passport Index.

It’s been usurped by the Japan passport, which now offers its citizens visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 189 destinations.

Meanwhile, the Singapore passport is tied in second place with Germany, with 188 destinations accessible worldwide without a prior visa.

Currently, third place goes to South Korea and five European countries — Finland, France, Italy, Spain, and Sweden, each of which offers visa-free entry to 187 countries.

In 23rd place is UAE — the fastest overall climber, which has risen 38 places since 2008 and secured more new visa-waivers for its citizens in 2018 than any other jurisdiction in the world.

It is noteworthy that the Henley Passport Index uses slightly different criteria to decide on each country’s visa-free score, as opposed to the 2017 Passport Index from Arton Capital, which had named the Singapore passport as the world’s strongest.

The Henley Passport Index is formulated on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which maintains the world’s largest database of travel information.

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