The Japanese passport has overtaken Germany’s as the most powerful passport in the world out according to the latest Henley Passport Index released this week.
Japan’s passport enables its citizens visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 189 destinations, one more than the German and Singapore passports which are in second place. Third place is shared by six countries – South Korea, Finland‚ France‚ Italy‚ Spain‚ and Sweden.
In the latest rankings, the Croatian passport has jumped to be ranked 16th with visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 169 destinations, up from a ranking of 21st in the previous ranking with access to 155 countries visa-free.
The Croatian passport still needs visas for 57 destinations. Currently, in Europe visas are only required travelling to Russia, whilst most of the destinations are in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
The Henley Passport Index, based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), is the most rigorous and sophisticated measure of global access and ranks all passports of the world according to the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free.
It surveys 199 different passports against 227 different travel destinations, including countries, territories, and micro-states.
Top 10 Most Powerful Passports & Countries They Can Access:
1. Japan – 189 destinations
2. Germany, Singapore – 188
3. Finland, France, Italy, Sweden, Spain, South Korea – 187
4. Norway, United Kingdom, Austria, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, United States – 186
5. Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada – 185
6. Australia, Greece – 183
7. New Zealand, Czech Republic, Malta – 182
8. Iceland – 181
9. Hungary, Slovenia, Malaysia – 180
10. Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania – 179
The lowest ranking passports where those of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen.