Germany no longer holds world’s most powerful passport, recent data published by Henley’s Passport Index shows. Two Asian countries, Japan and Singapore, have kicked into the second place the largest national economy in Europe.
With visa-free access to 180 countries, Japan and Singapore currently hold world’s most powerful travel document. Both countries, which in January were listed under Germany, rose to the top with Uzbekistan removing visa requirements for the nationals of both, among other developments.
What makes Japanese and Singaporean passports even better, is that they are the only ones that enable their holder to enter visa-free the four major global economies — India, China, the European Union, and the United States.
According to the index, since last year, most of the countries have retained the same levels of access or gained some. While the UK has dropped down one rank to 4th place and the US keeps holding the 5th place, the Russian Federation has climbed from 48th to the 45th position.
The United Arab Emirates passport keeps holding its position as the strongest passport in the Middle East, providing its holders with visa-free access to 140 world countries, as the 27 most powerful passport in the world.
The countries with the most powerful passports, according to Henley’s Index are as follows:
- Japan, Singapore – 180
- Germany – 179
- Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Sweden, Spain, South Korea – 178
- Norway, United Kingdom, Austria, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal – 177
- Switzerland, Ireland, United States, Canada – 176
- Belgium, Australia, Greece – 174
- New Zealand, Czech Republic, Malta – 173
- Iceland – 172
- Hungary – 171
- Latvia – 170
On the other hand the ranking also shows that Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan continue sitting at the end of the table with visa-free access to less than 30 countries. While Kosovo, the only country of the old continent with visa-free access to only 38 countries.
Henley Passport Index, which ranks world passports is published by Henley & Partners, a firm focused on residence and citizenship planning. The firm ranks passports of 199 countries based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).