World’s Most Powerful Passport Is Japanese

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Asia’s dominance on the world’s most powerful passport list continues to be intact as the top three places on the list are taken by the region’s three countries- Japan, Singapore and South Korea with Japanese one being the most travel friendly.

As per the Henley Passport Index 2020, Japanese passport is the most powerful travel document in the world as it enjoys visa-free or visa on arrival access to 191 destinations around the world.

The latest index, released on July 7, has listed 199 passports and 227 travel destinations.  The Index periodically measures the world’s most travel-friendly passports. The latest one is the third report of the new decade.

Singapore is placed at second place with a score of 190. Another country from the Asia, South Korea ties with Germany at third place with a score of 189.

World’s top economy the USA is placed at seventh along with Switzerland, United Kingdom, Norway and Belgium with a score of 185.

Top Ten Most Travel Friendly Passports in 2020 :  1. Japan with access to 191 destinations 2. Singapore (190) 3. South Korea, Germany (189) 4. Italy, Finland, Spain, Luxembourg (188) 5. Denmark, Austria (187) 6. Sweden, France, Portugal, Netherlands, Ireland (186) 7. Switzerland, United States, United Kingdom, Norway, Belgium (185) 8. Greece, New Zealand, Malta, Czech Republic (184) 9. Canada, Australia (183) and 10. Hungary (181)

World’s 10 worst passports :  Some countries around the world have visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to fewer than 40 countries. Those countries include North Korea at 104 with access to 39 destinations; Libya, Nepal, Palestinian Territory at 104 with 38; Somalia, Yemen 105 with access to 33 destinations; Pakistan at 106 with 32; Syria at 107 with 29; Iraq at 108 with 28; and Afghanistan at 109 with access to just 26 destinations around the world.

The Henley Passport Index is prepared based on data from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA).

It is updated in real time throughout the year, as and when visa policy changes come into effect. Source : CNN

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