This is now the world’s most powerful passport for travel freedom

Sergio Conner
October 11, 2018

The statistics of the Henley Passport Index are based on data released by the Canadian-based International Air Transport Association (IATA).

According to the Henley Passport Index, Japan has the best passport in the world, ranked number one with a total of 190 points.

Meanwhile, Japan has the world's strongest passport with visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to 190 countries.

In the latest edition of the ranking, Germany is in third place with South Korea and France.

Uzbekistan lifted visa requirements for French nationals on October 5, having already granted visa-free access to Japanese and Singaporean citizens in early February.

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

With neither having gained entry to any new jurisdictions this year, it seems unlikely that either will soon reclaim the No.1 spot they held in 2015.

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

However, South Africa still ranks 3rd in Africa, after the Seychelles (25th strongest passport in the world, with 152 destinations) and Mauritius (31st strongest passport in the world, with 146 destinations). Frequent Filipino travelers won't find this surprising and are surely all too familiar with the hassle and uncertainty of applying for a visa to visit foreign countries.

China also climbed by 14 positions to 71, with access to 74 destinations since 2017.

Countries with citizenship-by-investment (CBI) programs in place all fall within the top 50 of the Henley Passport Index and are continually rising up the ranking. Newcomer Moldova, which is due to launch its CBI programme in November, has climbed 20 places since 2008.

At the other end of the scale are Afghanistan and Iraq, with visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to just 30 jurisdictions.

MANILA, Philippines - Ever dreamed about being going to nearly every country you please without having to worry about visa requirements and the dreaded visa fee?

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