Japan has the world's 'strongest' passport, according to this index

11 October, 2018, 03:19 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Taiwan's passport No.29 in the world according to Henley & Partners

The Henley Passport Index ranking is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association, which has the world's largest database of travel information.

On the global stage, Japan is the current passport champion, with Japanese citizens able to access a record total of 190 destinations around the world.

This quarter, Germany fell from its previous second place ranking, sharing third place with South Korea and France.

Uzbekistan lifted visa requirements for French nationals on October 5, having already granted visa-free access to Japanese and Singaporean citizens in early February.

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Strengthening its position as the passport-power champion of the Middle East, the UAE signed a visa-waiver with Russian Federation in July, which is due to come into effect in the coming months.

Christian H. Kälin, Group Chairman of the index, said countries with citizenship-by-investment, or CBI, programs all fall within the top 50 of the index.

The US and the United Kingdom, both with 186 destinations, slid from 4th to 5th place, with neither having gained access to new jurisdictions since the start of 2018.

It is updated regularly to reflect changes in the number of visa-waiver agreements signed between countries.

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"Mauritius and the Seychelles both have very welcoming visa policies, and as a result of this openness, other countries reciprocate and make travel easier for Seychellois and Mauritian citizens".

The index measures passport power by the number of destinations the holder can visit without arranging a visa first.

The United Arab Emirates is the decade's biggest success story when it comes to travel freedom.

Afghanistan and Iraq were ranked lowest on the index, as they have free-visa access to only 30 countries. While Chinese nationals got access to two new areas visa-free or visa-on-arrival, it still slide down tow places to just 71st. Germany, France, and South Korea all have a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 188. "This is still an impressive 14-place improvement over the position that China held at the start of 2017", noted the site.

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