Friday, 14 December, 2018

Japan overtakes Singapore as world's most powerful passport

Japan has the strongest passport in the world according to new Henley & Partners ranking Move over, Singapore – Japanese passport opens the most doors now
Pablo Mccormick | 10 October, 2018, 15:56

Global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners has officially revealed that Japan wields the single most powerful passport in the entire world, allowing its citizens visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to 190 destinations.

Japan surged to the top of the latest list because earlier this month, Myanmar became the 190 country to give Japanese visitors a visa waiver, the Liberty Times reported.

In the latest reshuffling of the Henley Passport Index, which is updated in real-time, Japan pushed Singapore down to second spot, and Germany to third.

Previously, both Singapore and Japan had access to 189 countries and shared top place.

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"With stagnant outbound visa activity compared to Asian high-performers such as Japan, Singapore, and South Korea, it seems increasingly unlikely that the U.S. and the United Kingdom will regain the number one spot they jointly held in 2015", the statement said. With stagnant outbound visa activity compared to Asian high-performers, it seems unlikely they will regain the number 1 spot they jointly held in 2015 any time soon.

A score with value = 1 is also applied if passport holders can obtain a visa on arrival, a visitor's permit, or an electronic travel authority (ETA) when entering the destination.

Iraq and Afghanistan share the position of the weakest passport in the world.

"Along with the Henley & Partners - Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index, the Henley Passport Index is considered the most credible reference tool within the investment migration industry", it said.

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Last year, a ranking of passports by worldwide global financial advisory firm Arton Capital showed that the Philippine passport is moderately weak, with its holders having visa-free access to only 61 countries. The most recent Henley Passport Index ranks the South African passport at number 52 - out of a possible 106 - which is a drop of 17 positions in ten years.

Somalia and Syria are only slightly improved with access to 32 countries.

"CBI programs offer access to some of the world's strongest and most promising passports", says Dr. Kälin, "and the merit of these passports is a reflection of the underlying stability and attractiveness of the countries themselves".

New Zealand passport holders can travel without visas to 182 countries.

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