Thanks to the visa-free access granted by Myanmar earlier this month, Japan has taken the top spot as the world’s most powerful passport.
Japanese passport holders can now enjoy easy access to 190 countries, while Singapore follows in second place with access to 189 countries.
The two Asian nations who have been neck and neck at the top, have overtaken Germany, the previous number one for five years in a row.
Three countries currently hold the number three spot on the list specifically Germany, France, and South Korea with visa-free access to 188 countries.
Many Asian countries have upped their ranks since the beginning of the year thanks to the visa policy agreements between governments.
The passport rankings are being tracked by Henley & Partners Passport Index, a global citizenship and residence advisory firm.
Henley Passport Index power ranking:
1. Japan: 190
2. Singapore: 189
3. Germany, France, South Korea: 188
4. Denmark, Finland, Italy, Sweden, Spain: 187
5. Norway, United Kingdom, Austria, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, United States: 186
6. Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada: 185
7. Australia, Greece, Malta: 183
8. New Zealand, Czech Republic: 182
9. Iceland: 181
10. Hungary, Slovenia, Malaysia: 180
Iran and Afghanistan remain at the bottom spot with only 30 countries visa-free for their passport holders.
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Meanwhile the Philippines has fallen three spots down the list from 72nd to 75th, with visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 66 destinations:
7. Cape Verde Islands
9. Comores Islands
10. Cook Islands
11. Costa Rica
12. Cote d’lvoire (Ivory Coast)
20. Hong Kong (SAR China)
27. Macao (SAR China)
32. Marshall Islands
43. Palau Islands
44. Palestinian Territory
45. Papua New Guinea
52. Sri Lanka
53. St. Lucia
54. St. Vincent and the Grenadines
62. Trinidad and Tobago
Before visiting these countries, be sure to double-check how long you can stay at your destination visa-free. For some countries, you can stay as long as 14 days before having to apply for a visa to extend your trip. So, best that you do your due diligence as a traveler and make sure that you do not overstay.
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