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Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Tourism: Japan and Singapore have world’s most powerful passports

Singapore and Japan have topped a ranking of the world’s strongest passports.
The two Asian countries both offer access to 190 destinations without needing a visa in advance.
Compiled by residence and citizenship planning company Henley & Partners, the Henley Passport Index ranks all the world’s passports based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the firm’s research department.
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The quarterly index primarily rates travel documents based on how many countries they allow access too, either visa-free or by only needing to get a visa on arrival (rather than in advance).
With a score of 188, Finland, Germany, and South Korea remain in second place; while Denmark, Italy, and Luxembourg are in third place, with citizens now able to access 187 destinations worldwide without requiring a visa in advance.
The UK takes joint sixth place with the US – the lowest position either country has held since 2010 – with a score of 184.
One of the most dramatic shifts has been the UAE’s position in the rankings; the Middle Eastern nation has climbed five places since last quarter and 46 places over the past decade, thanks to recently gaining access to a slew of African countries, including South Africa. It now sits in 15th place with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 172.
Former Soviet states have also vastly improved over the last decade: Ukraine and Moldova have both climbed 19 places, while Georgia has jumped 16.
Afghanistan remains at the bottom of the ranking, in 107th place, with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of just 25, followed by Iraq (27) and Syria (29).
The index is about more than just hassle-free travel, according to Henley & Partners.
“Our ongoing research has shown that when we talk about ‘passport power’, we are discussing more than simply the destinations a holder can travel to without acquiring a visa in advance,” said Dr Christian H Kaelin, chairman of Henley & Partners and the creator of the passport index.
“Often, there is a strong correlation between visa freedom and other benefits such as business and investment freedom, independence of the judiciary, fiscal health, and property rights.”

World's most powerful passports

1. Singapore
1. Japan
2. Finland
2. Germany
2. South Korea
3. Denmark
3. Italy
3. Luxembourg
4. France
4. Sweden
4. Spain
5. Austria
5. Netherlands
5. Portugal

Least powerful passports

107. Afghanistan
106. Iraq
105. Syria
104. Somalia
104. Pakistan
103. Yemen
Henley Passport Index for each Country
Japan
1
 
190
Singapore
1
 
190
South Korea
2
 
188
Germany
2
 
188
Finland
2
 
188
Denmark
3
 
187
Italy
3
 
187
Luxembourg
3
 
187
France
4
 
186
Sweden
4
 
186
Spain
4
 
186
Austria
5
 
185
Netherlands
5
 
185
Portugal
5
 
185
Norway
6
 
184
Switzerland
6
 
184
United Kingdom
6
 
184
United States
6
 
184
Belgium
6
 
184
Canada
6
 
184
Greece
6
 
184
Ireland
6
 
184
Czech Republic
7
 
183
Malta
7
 
183
New Zealand
8
 
182
Australia
9
 
181
Lithuania
9
 
181
Slovakia
9
 
181
Iceland
10
 
180
Hungary
10
 
180
Latvia
10
 
180
Slovenia
10
 
180
Estonia
11
 
179
Malaysia
12
 
177
Liechtenstein
12
 
177
Chile
13
 
174
Poland
13
 
174
Monaco
14
 
173
Cyprus
14
 
173
United Arab Emirates
15
 
172
Romania
16
 
171
Brazil
17
 
170
Argentina
17
 
170
Bulgaria
17
 
170
Hong Kong (SAR China)
18
 
168
Croatia
18
 
168
San Marino
19
 
167
Andorra
20
 
166
Brunei
21
 
165
Israel
22
 
159
Barbados
22
 
159
Mexico
23
 
158
Bahamas
24
 
154
St. Kitts and Nevis
24
 
154
Uruguay
25
 
153
Seychelles
26
 
151
Costa Rica
27
 
150
Antigua and Barbuda
28
 
149
Trinidad and Tobago
29
 
148
Vatican City
29
 
148
Mauritius
30
 
146
Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)
31
 
145
St. Lucia
31
 
145
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
31
 
145
Grenada
32
 
142
Paraguay
32
 
142
Macao (SAR China)
33
 
141
Panama
34
 
140
Dominica
35
 
137
Peru
36
 
135
El Salvador
37
 
134
Honduras
37
 
134
Venezuela
38
 
132
Guatemala
38
 
132
Serbia
39
 
131
Samoa
39
 
131
Solomon Islands
40
 
130
Vanuatu
40
 
130
Nicaragua
41
 
128
Tuvalu
42
 
127
Ukraine
43
 
126
Colombia
43
 
126
Tonga
44
 
125
North Macedonia
45
 
123
Marshall Islands
46
 
122
Kiribati
46
 
122
Montenegro
46
 
122
Moldova
47
 
119
Micronesia
47
 
119
Palau Islands
47
 
119
Russian Federation
48
 
117
Bosnia and Herzegovina
49
 
116
Georgia
50
 
114
Albania
51
 
113
Turkey
52
 
112
South Africa
53
 
100
Belize
54
 
99
Timor-Leste
55
 
95
Kuwait
56
 
93
Qatar
57
 
92
Ecuador
58
 
91
Fiji
59
 
88
Guyana
60
 
87
Nauru
60
 
87
Maldives
61
 
84
Jamaica
61
 
84
Papua New Guinea
62
 
83
Botswana
62
 
83
Bahrain
63
 
81
Oman
64
 
79
Suriname
65
 
78
Bolivia
65
 
78
Thailand
66
 
77
Namibia
67
 
76
Belarus
68
 
75
Kazakhstan
68
 
75
Lesotho
69
 
74
Saudi Arabia
69
 
74
Eswatini (Swaziland)
70
 
73
Malawi
71
 
72
China
72
 
71
Kenya
72
 
71
Indonesia
73
 
70
Zambia
73
 
70
Gambia
74
 
69
Tanzania
75
 
68
Tunisia
75
 
68
Azerbaijan
76
 
66
Cape Verde Islands
76
 
66
Uganda
76
 
66
Philippines
77
 
65
Cuba
77
 
65
Ghana
77
 
65
Dominican Republic
78
 
64
Zimbabwe
78
 
64
Sierra Leone
79
 
63
Kyrgyzstan
80
 
62
Benin
80
 
62
Mongolia
80
 
62
Morocco
80
 
62
Armenia
81
 
60
Mozambique
81
 
60
Sao Tome and Principe
81
 
60
India
82
 
59
Mauritania
83
 
58
Burkina Faso
83
 
58
Tajikistan
84
 
57
Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
84
 
57
Rwanda
84
 
57
Uzbekistan
85
 
56
Guinea
85
 
56
Gabon
85
 
56
Senegal
86
 
55
Togo
86
 
55
Mali
87
 
54
Niger
87
 
54
Guinea-Bissau
87
 
54
Madagascar
87
 
54
Cambodia
88
 
53
Chad
88
 
53
Comores Islands
88
 
53
Bhutan
89
 
52
Equatorial Guinea
89
 
52
Turkmenistan
90
 
51
Vietnam
90
 
51
Central African Republic
90
 
51
Algeria
91
 
50
Laos
92
 
49
Haiti
92
 
49
Jordan
92
 
49
Angola
92
 
49
Egypt
92
 
49
Cameroon
92
 
49
Liberia
93
 
48
Burundi
93
 
48
Congo (Rep.)
94
 
47
Myanmar
95
 
46
Nigeria
95
 
46
Djibouti
95
 
46
Sri Lanka
96
 
43
Congo (Dem. Rep.)
97
 
42
Ethiopia
97
 
42
South Sudan
97
 
42
Kosovo
98
 
41
Iran
99
 
40
Bangladesh
99
 
40
Eritrea
99
 
40
North Korea
100
 
39
Lebanon
100
 
39
Nepal
101
 
38
Libya
102
 
37
Palestinian Territory
102
 
37
Sudan
102
 
37
Yemen
103
 
33
Pakistan
104
 
31
Somalia
104
 
31
Syria
105
 
29
Iraq
106
 
27
Afghanistan  


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