Japan overtakes Singapore as world's most powerful passport

Japan overtakes Singapore as world's most powerful passport

Japan overtakes Singapore as world's most powerful passport

The Henley Passport Index ranking is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association, which has the world's largest database of travel information.

"With stagnant outbound visa activity compared to Asian high-performers such as Japan, Singapore and South Korea, it seems increasingly unlikely that the USA and the United Kingdom will regain the number one spot they jointly held in 2015", said the press release.

Passports of France, Germany, and South Korea, all of which have access to 188 countries, have been placed third in the 2018 ranking.

Taiwan was listed No.29 with 148 countries allowing Taiwanese passport holders to enter without visa.

Both countries benefited from a visa-exemption from Uzbekistan helping them beat France and Germany.

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Japan has overtaken Singapore in terms of the most powerful passport.

Russian Federation received a boost in September when Taiwan announced a visa-waiver, but the country has still fallen from 46th to 47th place due to movements higher up the ranking.

"The travel freedom that comes with a second passport is significant, while the economic and societal value that CBI programs generate for host countries can be transformative", says Dr. Kälin.

"It is therefore with much enthusiasm that we greet the latest announcement from South African Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba about the planned revisions to South Africa's visa policy, which pave the wave for a number of reciprocal waivers for South African passport-holders".

Previously, both Singapore and Japan had access to 189 countries and shared top place.

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Japan was bumped up to first place by Myanmar, 93rd on the list, which recently granted Japanese citizens visa-free access for up to 30 days starting from October 1.

"The success stories of Mauritius and the Seychelles are a testament to the benefits that come with opening up your country to others", said Amanda Smit, director of Henley & Partners South Africa.

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