Japan has the world’s strongest passport for the fourth 12 months in a row, a brand new world rating for 2021 has revealed.
Residents of the nation can go to 191 international locations around the globe visa-free. The Singaporean passport stays in second place on 190 international locations.
Regardless of Brexit, the UK passport has moved up the rating from eighth initially of 2020 to joint seventh place on 185 international locations, alongside the US passport, a non-mover.
Japan has entered 2021 with the world’s strongest passport for the fourth 12 months working, a brand new world rating has revealed
THE TOP 10 MOST POWERFUL PASSPORTS IN THE WORLD
1 – Japan (191 international locations)
2 – Singapore, (190)
3 – Germany, South Korea (189)
4 – Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain (188)
5 – Austria, Denmark (187)
6 – France, Eire, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden (186)
7 – Belgium, New Zealand, Norway Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States (185)
8 – Australia, Czech Republic, Greece Malta (184)
9 – Canada (183)
10 – Hungary (182)
Supply: Henley Passport Index
The rating has been produced by the Henley Passport Index, which relies on unique information from the Worldwide Air Transport Affiliation (IATA). It analyses what number of international locations a passport holder can enter visa-free or on a visa-on-arrival foundation.
This 12 months’s rating doesn’t have in mind any momentary journey restrictions that will have been introduced in on account of the coronavirus pandemic.
In joint third place are the German and South Korean passports, each non-movers, with a visa-free rating of 188.
In joint fourth on 188 international locations are the passports of Finland and Italy (non-movers) and Luxembourg and Spain (each up from fifth).
They’re adopted by Austria, which rises from seventh, and Denmark, a non-mover, in fifth on 186 international locations.
Sixth spot is occupied by France, Eire, Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden, with their passports having fun with visa-free entry to 186 international locations.
And sharing seventh place with the UK and the USA are Belgium, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland.
The remainder of the highest 10 is made up of Australia, the Czech Republic, Greece and Malta in eighth, Canada in ninth and Hungary in tenth.
Regardless of Brexit, the UK passport has moved up the rating from eighth initially of 2020 to seventh place alongside the US passport
The Henley Passport Index factors out that Asia Pacific international locations seem to dominate the highest a part of its rating in 2021 – explaining that this can be a ‘comparatively new phenomenon’.
It says: ‘Over the index’s 16-year historical past, the highest spots have been historically held by EU international locations, the UK, or the US, and specialists recommend that the Apac area’s place of energy will proceed because it consists of among the first international locations to start the method of recovering from the pandemic.
‘Over the previous seven years, the US passport has fallen from the primary spot to seventh place, a place it at the moment shares with the UK.
The Henley Passport Index notes that the United Arab Emirates has continued its ‘exceptional trajectory’ from 62nd place in 2006 to sixteenth place in 2021
‘As a consequence of pandemic-related journey constraints, travellers from each the UK and the US at the moment face main restrictions from over 105 international locations, with US passport holders in a position to journey to fewer than 75 locations, whereas UK passport holders at the moment have entry to fewer than 70.’
It additionally notes that the United Arab Emirates has continued its ‘exceptional trajectory on the Henley Passport Index’ saying that it signed ‘a number of mutually reciprocated visa-waiver agreements final 12 months, together with a landmark US-brokered settlement establishing formal ties with Israel and granting residents of every nation visa-free entry to the opposite’.
The Index explains: ‘The UAE now has a visa-free/visa-on-arrival rating of 173 and holds sixteenth spot on the rating.
‘It is a gorgeous ascent when in comparison with the place it held on the index’s inception in 2006, when the nation ranked 62nd, with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival rating of simply 35.’
On the backside finish of the desk, the world’s least highly effective passport is issued by Afghanistan but once more, as residents with it solely have visa-free entry to 26 international locations.
The world’s least highly effective passport is that issued by Afghanistan, pictured, as residents solely have entry to 30 international locations
Iraqi passports additionally honest poorly with entry to simply 28 international locations, as does the Syrian passport on 29 international locations and the Pakistani passport on 32 international locations.
Dr Christian H. Kalin, group chairman of Henley & Companions, which produces the index, says that the newest rating supplies a possibility to ‘replicate on the extraordinary upheaval that characterised 2020’.
He defined: ‘Only a 12 months in the past all indications have been that the charges of world mobility would proceed to rise, that journey freedom would enhance, and that holders of highly effective passports would take pleasure in extra entry than ever earlier than.
‘The worldwide lockdown negated these glowing projections, and as restrictions start to carry, the outcomes from the newest index are a reminder of what passport energy actually means in a world upended by the pandemic.’