Japan tops passport power ranking list

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Passport holders from Japan and Singapore have the greatest level of travel freedom worldwide, with visa-free access to 180 countries – a world record.


The 2018 Henley Passport Index Ranking released on Wednesday that Germany fell to second place, with visa-free access to only 179 countries. This, after ranking first place for the last five years, took everyone by surprise.


The reason why Japan and Singapore rose to the top of the list is because Uzbekistan lifted visa requirements for Japanese and Singaporean nationals in early February.


Uzbekistan’s recent efforts to allow for more tourists and a boom in it’s tourism industry saw a number of other countries in Asia and the Middle East, including Turkey, Indonesia, and Israel, to gain access.


Japan ranked fifth in 2017’s survey with visa-free access to 172 nations.


On the whole, Asia and the Middle East have expanded the number of countries their passport holders can travel to without a visa, increasing the mobility of their citizens as well as increasing tourism. This trend has been slower in both Europe and America, where the signing of new border agreements on travel has been less tolerant.


Allowing visa-free access to a large group of countries and very little travel restrictions has been one of the major factors of Japan’s new listing. This will bring further convenience to the Japanese people.


South Korea, along with Spain, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy and Sweden with visa-free access to 178 countries, on the other hand, have ranked 3rd.


On the bottom of the list is Syria with 28, Iraq with 27, and Afghanistan with only 24.


The Henley Passport Index is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Henley & Partners say IATA maintains the world’s largest and most comprehensive database of travel information.


Reference: Japan ties with Singapore to top passport power ranking


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