As the world economy has become more globalized, the need for greater visa-free access has grown steadily. Japan is racing towards gaining pinnacle in every aspect. Reportedly, Japan’s passport has been named the most powerful in the world, overtaking Singapore, according to the Henley Passport Index.
According to the 2018 Henley Passport Index released on 9th October, having gained visa-free access to Myanmar, now Japanese citizens can travel without a visa or gain a visa on arrival in 190 countries – the most globally.
The Henley Passport Index is a ranking of all the passports in the world according to the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free. The ranking is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which maintains the world’s largest and most accurate database of travel information, and is enhanced by extensive research.
The UK and the US, both have 186 destinations open to their citizens, moved down from fourth to fifth place in this year’s ranking, as neither can access any new country without a visa since the start of this year. In 2015, the UK and U.S. passports were the most powerful.
Two of the largest countries in the world, Russia and China, stayed in almost similar positions. Russia, which fell from 46th to 47th place.
India has secured the 81st spot on the 2018 Henley Passport Index, with visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 60 destinations. The current ranking is an improvement from last year’s when India stood at 86 as per the index. Indians have access to travel without a visa to 60 countries.