You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

The Japanese passport is now the strongest in the world

The Independent logo The Independent 10/10/2018 Joanna Whitehead

a close up of a piece of paper © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited The Japanese passport is now the strongest in the world, overtaking Singapore, according to research released today (Tuesday).

According to the 2018 Henley Passport Index released today (Tuesday), Japanese citizens can travel without a visa or gain a visa on arrival in 190 destinations – the most globally.

The Japanese passport overtook the Singapore passport, which allows travel to 189 destinations without a prior visa, after gaining visa-free access to Myanmar earlier this year.

Download the all-new Microsoft News app to receive up-to-the minute news from the world’s best sources – available now on iOS and Android

Third place is shared with Germany, South Korea and France with its citizens able to enter 188 countries without a prior visa. France and South Korea jumped to third place after gaining visa-free access to Uzbekistan and Myanmar respectively.

Gallery: Flight attendants share the 21 things they wish passengers would stop doing (Business Insider)


The UK and the US, both with 186 destinations open to their citizens, slid from fourth to fifth place in this year's ranking, as neither can access any new country without a visa since the start of this year. In 2015, the UK and the US passports were most powerful.

At the other end of the spectrum, Iraq and Afghanistan continue to hold the bottom (106th) spot. Citizens of both countries can only access 30 destinations without getting a visa first.

The Japanese passport is now the strongest in the world © Provided by Shutterstock The Japanese passport is now the strongest in the world Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) came in at 21st place, up from 62nd place in 2006, making it the most powerful passport in the Middle East.

Two of the biggest countries in the world, Russia and China, stayed in broadly similar positions. Russia, which fell from 46th to 47th place, had a short-term boost when in September Taiwan announced that it would offer a visa waiver programme for its nationals, valid until next July. China fell two places to 71, although its citizens gained entry to St Lucia and Myanmar without a prior visa.

Video: Why you should always alert a flight attendant if you lose your phone on a plane (Travel + Leisure)

UP NEXT
UP NEXT

The Henley Passport Index, a global ranking of the world’s passports according to the number of destinations holders can access without a prior visa, is based on data from the International Air Transport Association (Iata).

The passport rankings come as British citizens are waiting for clarity over whether they will be able to travel visa-free within the EU after 29 March 2019. 



Search on Bing: More about United Arab Emirates

Search on Bing: More about United Arab Emirates
AdChoices
AdChoices

More from The Independent

The Independent
The Independent
image beaconimage beaconimage beacon