Japan has beaten Singapore in the global ranking for the world’s most powerful passport, as per the recent update released by the Henley Passport Index on Wednesday.
The Japanese passport now provides its citizens visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to a recorded one hundred and eighty-nine destinations.
The Singapore passport lies on the second place, along with Germany with a total of one hundred and eighty-eight destinations that could be travelled into without the need of a prior visa.
On the third spot lies South Korea, Finland, Italy, Spain, Sweden and France while the United States of America and the United Kingdom lie together on the fourth place.
As per the previous rankings published in the month of February, Japan and Singapore were sharing the topmost position, offering visa-free access to one hundred and eighty destinations. Germany at that time also was on the second place with its passport offering visa-free access to one hundred and seventy-nine destinations.
The index which is compiled by the global citizenship and residence advisory company—Henley & Partners, informed that almost forty visa-waiver deals have been signed by the governments since the beginning of this year.
In April, Russia announced that all the travellers with tickets to the upcoming football event—FIFA World Cup in June and July 2018 would get their visas waived.
The country that has made the quickest climb on the index is the United Arab Emirates (UAE), presently on the twenty-third place. The country has made progress thirty-eight positions on the ranking since 2008.
Henley & Partners informed that the UAE’s climb is because the country has secured this year many more new visa waivers than any other nation in the world.
The Henley Passport Index is made based on the data gathered from the International Air Transport Association, which keeps the world’s largest database of travel details. Additional research was also done for supplementing the index.
As many as one hundred and ninety-nine country passports were surveyed by the index against two hundred and twenty-seven travel sites, including territories, countries and micro-states.
Arton Capital—the rival ranking, updated its ranking in April, as per which Singapore passport was at the top among all the world passports with a visa-free access to one hundred and sixty-four destinations.