Japanese Passport is Now the Most Powerful in the World

Japanese Passport is Now the Most Powerful in the World

The Japanses passport is now the strongest in the world, overtaking Singapore, according to research released today.

According to the 2018 Henley Passport Index released today, Japanese citizens can travel without a visa or gain a visa on arrival in 190 destinations – the most globally. The Japanese passport overtook the Singapore passport, which allows travel to 189 destinations without a prior visa, after gaining visa-free access to Myanmar earlier this year.

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The third spot is shared by Germany, South Korea and France with 188 destinations followed by Denmark, Finland, Italy, Sweden and Spain with 187 destinations, and then Norway, U.S, UK among others with 186 destinations each.

The U.S and UK passports were the most powerful in 2015.

In Africa, the Seychelles (152 destinations), Mauritius (146 destinations), and South Africa (102 destinations), hold the top 1st (25th globally), 2nd (31st globally) and 3rd (52nd globally) spots respectively.

Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) came in at 21st place, up from 62nd place in 2006, making it the most powerful passport in the Middle East.

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The Nigerian passport ranks 94th globally, with access to 47 destinations with a visa/visa on arrival.

The passport rankings come as British citizens are waiting for clarity over whether they will be able to travel visa-free within the EU after 29 March 2019.

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