What is the strongest passport in the world?

Currently, the strongest passport in the world is the JAPANESE one, passing Singapore. According to the recent 2018 Henley Passport Index, Japanese inhabitant can travel almost to 190 destinations without a visa. The Japanese passport surpassed the Singapore passport, which allows only 189 destinations to travel to without a prior visa.

Germany, South Korea, and France share the third place with the capacity to enter 188 countries without a prior visa. After gaining visa-free access to Uzbekistan and Myanmar respectively, France and South Korea jumped to third place.

Both The UK and the US, with 186 destinations; fell from fourth to fifth place during this year’s ranking, and since the start of this year neither can access any new country without a visa. The United Kingdom and therefore the North American country passports were most powerful in 2015.

On the other hand, Iraq and Afghanistan still hold the lowest rank (106th). Inhabitants of each country can only access to 30 destinations without a visa.

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

Russia and China, two of the largest countries in the world, stayed in similar positions. Russia fell from 46th to 47th place, when Taiwan declared in September that a visa waiver programme is going to be offer for its nationals, valid until next July.  Although China’s citizens gained entry to St Lucia and Myanmar without a prior visa, it fell two places to 71.

The Henley Passport Index, a worldwide positioning of the world’s visas as indicated by the number of goals holders can access without an earlier visa, depends on information from the International Air Transport Association (Iata). The international passport rankings come as British nationals are sitting tight for clearness about whether they will have the capacity to travel without visa inside the EU after 29 March 2019.

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