Publicado: Jue, Octubre 11, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

How powerful is Indian passport? Check 2018 Henley Passport Index ranking here

How powerful is Indian passport? Check 2018 Henley Passport Index ranking here

The Japanese passport has been named the "world's most powerful" in a new survey.

Japanese passport holders can now access 190 countries visa free - the most in the world.

The index, by Henley & Partners, a citizenship and planning firm, showed Japan to have the most powerful passport on the planet. France moved up from 4th to 3rd place last Friday when it gained visa-free access to Uzbekistan, while South Korea moved from 4th to 3rd place on 1 October when it gained visa-free access to Myanmar. Japan edged ahead of Singapore after gaining visa-free access to Myanmar earlier this month.

With neither having gained entry to any new jurisdictions this year, it seems unlikely that either will soon reclaim the No.1 spot they held in 2015.

It includes 199 different passports and 227 different travel destinations.

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The US and the United Kingdom, which jointly occupied the top spot in 2015, have since slid to 5th place - with Germany, China and Russian Federation also dropping down the list, according to the Daily Mail.

Taiwan moved up from No. 31 from previous year to No. 29, as the countries it has visa-free and visa-on-arrival access to has increased from 134 to 148.

Russian Federation received a boost in September when Taiwan announced a visa-waiver, but the country nonetheless fell from 46th to 47th place due to movements higher up the ranking. Frequent Filipino travelers won't find this surprising and are surely all too familiar with the hassle and uncertainty of applying for a visa to visit foreign countries. "This is still an impressive 14-place improvement over the position that China held at the start of 2017", noted the site.

The United Arab Emirates made the most remarkable ascent, from 62nd place in 2006 to 21st place this year. the most dramatic climb could come from Kosovo, which officially met all the criteria for visa-liberalization with the EU in July and is now in discussions with the European Council.

On the other end of the list, Iraq and Afghanistan's passports are the weakest in the world, with visa-free access to only 30 countries.

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