Singapore passport no longer the most powerful in the world, Japan now occupies top spot
Hong Kong’s passport is in 16th place, allowing visa-free travel to 169 countries
By Dylan Tan
The Singapore passport is no longer the most powerful in the world, according to the latest Henley Passport Index.
Japan now occupies the top spot and its passport can be used to travel visa-free to a record 189 destinations.
Singapore is tied with Germany in second place as the passports of both countries allows visa-free travel to 188 destinations.
Third place is shared by six countries: one Asian (South Korea) and the rest European (Finland, France, Italy, Spain, and Sweden). The US and the UK are tied in 4th place, along with Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Portugal.
The fastest overall climber is the UAE, in 23rd place. It has ascended 38 places since 2008 and secured more new visa-waivers for its citizens in 2018 than any other jurisdiction in the world. The UAE is quickly closing in on the lead that Israel, in 19th place, has historically held within the Middle East region.
China has significantly strengthened its position on the ranking, climbing from 74th to 68th position since Q1 — although the country’s relatively low score of 70 visa-free destinations means it is still near the bottom of the North Asian regional ranking.
The Henley Passport Index, which is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), has recently been updated through extensive research to include eight new travel destinations.
It surveys a total of 199 different passports against 227 different travel destinations, including countries, territories, and micro-states.