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Henley Index: Japanese passport now world's most powerful (1 Viewer)

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From CNN

Henley Index: Japanese passport now world's most powerful

(CNN) — There are few things more liberating than travel -- although some passports offer more freedom than others.

A new report published in October 2018 reveals just how many borders some travel documents can cross.

According to the Henley Passport Index, compiled by global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & PartnersCitizens, Japan now has the most powerful passport on the planet.

Having gained visa-free access to Myanmar earlier this month, Japanese citizens can now enjoy visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to a whopping 190 destinations around the world -- knocking Singapore, with 189 destinations, into second place.

Germany, which began 2018 in the top spot, is now in third place with 188 destinations, tied with France and South Korea.


The US ranks fifth, and Canada ranks sixth.

Mind you, I rather suspect that the 20 odd places where a Canadian or American need visas to visit aren't really places that most people would want to go - so the difference is not all that significant.

Except, of course, as a matter of "National Prestige" (assuming, of course, that it is actually important to you that YOUR country's passport gets you into more countries than any other country's passport does).
With Brexit the UK passport may plummet, at least temporarily.
I can well understand why all countries welcome Japanese passport holders: The Japanese people are extremely well-behaved.

I have read that you can walk down the street even at midnight in any big city, and no one will harass, assault, or kill you.

What a contrast to most countries, including ours!

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