Croatia has jumped two places in the latest Henley Passport Index global ranking which has just been released.
The Henley Passport Index is the original ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.
Croatia has moved up from 18th to 16th place with visa-free access to 173 countries around the world.
Japan firmly holds onto the number one spot. Holders of a Japanese passport have visa-free access to 193 destinations worldwide.
Singapore is still in second place on the list with access to 192 destinations without needing a visa, and South Korea and Germany share third place with 191 visa-free destinations.
Italy, Finland, Spain and Luxembourg share fourth place, with Denmark, Austria and Sweden sharing fifth spot.
The top 10 spots were mostly held by EU countries. The UK and the US, both of which continue to face steadily eroding passport strength since they held the top spot in 2014, currently share joint-7th place, with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 187.
The latest results indicate that the gap in travel freedom is now at its largest since the index began in 2006, with Japanese passport holders able to access 167 more destinations than citizens of Afghanistan, who can visit only 26 destinations worldwide without acquiring a visa in advance.
The weakest passports which require the highest number of visas when travelling around the world are the passports of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Palestinian Territory.