Japan Has The Most Powerful Passport In The World

Japan Has The Most Powerful Passport In The World

In fourth place are Denmark, Finland, Italy, and Sweden, while Spain and Luxembourg are joint fifth.

The Henley Passport Index is the only passport index that is based on International Air Transport Association data, enhanced by extensive in-house research, supported by expert commentary, and updated regularly throughout the year, making it the most robust, credible, and reliable index of its kind.

According to the Henley Passport Index, which periodically measures the access each country's travel document affords, Japan retained its top spot as the world's most travel-friendly passport due to the document's access to 190 countries, CNN reported on Wednesday. Germany and France remain in third place going into 2019, with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 188.

However, both the United Kingdom and U.S. passports have dropped down the ranking from fifth in 2018 and are both in sixth place now on 185 countries.

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Austrian, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese and Swiss passports shared the number six spot with the United States and UK. The island nation doesn't share the top spot with any other countries.

Meanwhile, Ireland was ranked seventh alongside Belgium, Canada and Greece all of which can travel to 184 destinations.

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

This is a significant fall from the 1st place position that these countries held in 2015, and while a big question mark remains over the ultimate impact of Brexit, it is unlikely that either country will reclaim the top spot anytime soon.

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Japan has entered 2019 with the world's most powerful passport, according to a new global ranking.

As in 2018, countries with citizenship-by-investment (CBI) programs continue to hold their strong positions on the index.

He explained: 'Historical data from the Henley Passport Index over the past 14 years shows an overwhelming global tendency towards visa-openness.

"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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The index remarked that there has been a general rise in the number of visa free travel destinations, . with the average citizen able to travel to about 107 countries without prior clearance in 2018, . compared to some 58 destinations in 2006.

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