Japan has the most powerful in the world says Henley Passport Index

May 24, 2018

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Japan has the most powerful passport in the world according to the Henley Passport Index. That means that Japanese passport holders may enter visa-free or visa-on-arrival in a record total of 189 destinations. Singapore and Germany both come in second to Japan, with 188 destinations available for entry without via to holders of passport from the two countries.

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Japan has the most powerful in the world says Henley Passport Index

Occupying the third spot are six countries from Asia (South Korea) and Europe (Finland, France, Italy, Spain, and Sweden). Tied in fourth place are the US, the UK, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Portugal.

In the past, European countries have consistently occupied the highest rankings at the Henley Passport index because of the Schengen Agreement in which member nations have borderless access with each other. However, Asian countries were able to enjoy an increase in rankings of late due to robust international trade and political relations.

Gauging passport strength

Passport strength is evaluated based on information gathered from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The Henley Passport Index evaluates a total of 199 different passports against 227 different travel destinations, including countries, territories, and micro-states.

From there, it looks at the total number of destinations that accept each passport without visa or via visa-on-arrival arrangement. Based on these data, individuals will have an idea on how many countries they can easily travel to with the passport that they have.

UAE is the fastest climber

While UAE occupies the 23rd place in the Henley Passport Index, it was able to sustain its momentum as the fastest overall climber as it went up 38 notches in a span of just a decade. In the past, Israel has held this distinction within the Middle East region.

UAE was able to achieve this feat by negotiating for more visa waivers for its populace than any other country in the world. This year alone, UAE was able to secure access to eight new countries, namely China, Ireland, Burkina Faso, Uruguay, Guinea, Tonga, Benin, and Honduras.

“The visa-waiver agreements signed by the UAE to date are very much in line with the country’s ongoing intention to position itself as the foremost commercial hub in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) zone, where it is increasingly hosting the regional headquarters of multinational firms operating in culturally diverse industries such as healthcare, professional and financial services, and digital technologies," said Ryan Cummings, Director of Signal Risk.

“These developments also reflect the country’s publicized goal of shifting its economic dependence away from the extractive industry towards the tourism sector, where it aims to create an ambitious 720,000 employment opportunities by 2028,” Cummings concluded.

UAE’s rankings is expected to increase in the coming editions of the Henley Passport Index as tourism is one the top priority industries of the Middle East region.

In the coming months, the Henley Passport Index rankings is expected to change significantly because of several factors like strengthening diplomatic and economic relations, as well as the worldwide popularity of international travel.
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  1. What a great privilege for Japan and Singapore. People from this country are able to visit different countries without visa. Wondering when will the Philippines have this kind of recognition? Hoping in the near future we can roam around the world without restrictions

  2. Bongga talaga ng Japan. Kahit sa anong napakapowerful nila.

  3. This is really BIG WOW, Truly Someone from Japan amd Singapore was Take this Kind of Opportunity na Makapunta din sa iba pang country at makita ang ganda ng Lugar kahit walang ginagamit na Visa.. That was really nice experience, kaya isa rin talaga sa pangarap na mkapunta sa Japan or Singapore dahil sobrang nakakaAmaze ang kanilang pamamalakad dun .

  4. Isa po talaga ang pangarap ko na makapunta sa Japan Good to know po na ang Japan ang may pinakamakapangyarihang pasaport sa mundo..

  5. Isa po talaga ang pangarap ko na makapunta sa Japan Good to know po na ang Japan ang may pinakamakapangyarihang pasaport sa mundo..

  6. This is a great news especially for those Japanese people because they can now enjoy traveling and visiting different countries without worrying about their visa. Our country has a long way to go to achieve this kind of privilege but I'm sure that someday we will have this opportunity too.

  7. Rowena callo VillarenoMay 8, 2022 at 3:26 AM

    Thank you for this Dadi iv.Another knowledge na naman wala wala din kasi ako idea sa other country galing naman ng japan naging most powerful sa passport.Expected ko niyan dati yung US pero pang apat lang country nila.

  8. Wow. ang nice naman nito.. Ngayon ko lang nalaman na ang japan ang most powerful sa mundo.. dagdag kaalaman nnaman nito. Thankyou for this daddy ivan .

  9. Galing naman ng Japan, Japanese passport holders may enter visa-free or visa-on-arrival na. Laking convenience nito, hassle free na ang travel. Imagine 189 destinations na yung pwede agad nilang puntahan, this is good news to them.

  10. カマネーロ アップルジョイMay 8, 2022 at 3:26 AM

    Wow ang galing tlga ng japanese . Tlga hndi na mahihirapan pa . Tlgang ang dami pa nila napupunthan ❤️ isa din tlga ito sa fave country ko . 😊(Apple Joy Camañero)