Japan has overtaken Germany and pulled ahead of Singapore as the country with the most powerful passport.
Counting the number of nations a passport holder can enter without a visa or obtain a visa on arrival, the new passport power index by citizenship planning firm Henley & Partners shows Japanese passport holders can access some 189 countries visa-free.
In its last update in March, Japan’s passport was tied with Singapore, with access to 180 countries.
The other main global passport power index by financial advisory group Arton Capital puts Singapore at the top of the list, with visa-free access to 164 countries, followed by South Korea, and then Japan and Germany in equal third place (162 countries).
According to the Henley index, Australia ranks a pretty powerful equal 22nd in the rankings with Greece, with access to 183 countries. Two years ago, we had access to just 169 countries.
The countries with the least powerful passports are Afghanistan and Iraq, with each nation’s passport giving its holders access to just 30 countries.
For the full index, click here.