With visa-free access to 191 countries, Japan tops the Henley Passport Index once again this year.
A passport from Japan opens more doors than a passport from anywhere else in the world, according to the Henley Passport Index. The index is an annual power ranking of passports determined by the number of destinations a passport holder can enter without a visa.
The title of world’s most powerful passport went to Japan for the third year in a row—its holders can visit 191 destinations with visa-free or visa-upon-arrival access. Singapore follows closely behind in second place with visa-free access to 190 destinations. South Korea and Germany tied for third place with access to 189 destinations each.
“Asian countries’ dominance of the top spots is a clear argument for the benefits of open-door policies and the introduction of mutually beneficial trade agreements,” Dr. Christian H. Kaelin, chairman of Henley & Partners, explained in the report.
The world’s most powerful passports in 2020 are:
- Japan (191 destinations)
- Singapore (190 destinations)
- South Korea, Germany (189 destinations)
- Italy, Finland (188 destinations)
- Spain, Luxembourg, Denmark (187 destinations)
- Sweden, France (186 destinations)
- Switzerland, Portugal, Netherlands, Ireland, Austria (185 destinations)
- United States, United Kingdom, Norway, Greece, Belgium (184 destinations)
- New Zealand, Malta, Czech Republic, Canada, Australia (183 destinations)
- Slovakia, Lithuania, Hungary (181 destinations)
In 2020, Afghanistan landed at the bottom of the rankings at 107th place with access to only 26 destinations. In comparison, Japanese passport holders can access 165 more places around the world. Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, and Somalia also landed in the bottom five passports this year.