Japan and Singapore Now Have the World’s Most Powerful Passports

Japanese and Singaporean citizens hold the world’s most powerful passports in the final quarter of the year, being able to visit a respective total of 190 destinations without a visa.

The ranking comes from the Henley Passport Index, which collects data from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) and supplements, enhances and updates through “extensive in-house research and open-source online data.”

The latest index, which reflects data as of Oct. 1, includes 199 passports and 227 destinations.
Since the beginning of 2018, Japan and/or Singapore have held the top positions, indicating Asia’s dominance amid a global economic transformation and shifting power centers.

For most of the index’s 14-year history, the top spot has been held by either the U.S. or a European country.

“This shifted dramatically in 2018, with Asian countries now firmly established as world leaders when it comes to both global economic activity and global mobility,” the index noted.
Japanese and Singaporean citizens hold the world’s most powerful passports in the final quarter of the year, being able to visit a respective total of 190 destinations without a visa.

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