Far from powerful: PH passport places 75th in power index

Japan has the strongest passport in the world according to new Henley & Partners ranking

Japan now has the world's most powerful passport

Japanese citizens can travel to 190 countries without a visa, revealed the Henley Passport Index 2018.

The index, by Henley & Partners, a citizenship and planning firm, showed Japan to have the most powerful passport on the planet.

For each travel destination, if no visa is required for passport holders from a country or territory, then a score with value = 1 is created for that passport.

Germany has now fallen further to 3rd place, which it shares with South Korea and France.

"With stagnant outbound visa activity compared to Asian high-performers such as Japan, Singapore, and South Korea, it seems increasingly unlikely that the USA and the United Kingdom will regain the number one spot they jointly held in 2015", the statement said. The index is updated in real-time, as and when visa-policy changes come into effect.

Tim Geschwindt, Analyst at S-RM Intelligence and Risk Consulting, says the agreement also speaks to Russia's shifting position within the worldwide community: "The country is continuing to seek improved bilateral relations, as well as trade, investments, and tourism ties, with new partners".

A powerful passport is measured by how many countries citizens can visit without a visa, says new research.

The biggest mover since 2006 is the UAE, from 62nd place to 21st place. Thailand ended up at No.68 and China at No.71, with at the bottom Afghanistan and Iraq, with only 30 visa waivers each, the Liberty Times reported.

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.

The Henley Passport Index, according to its website, is a ranking of all the passports of the world according to the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free.

MANILA, Philippines - Ever dreamed about being going to nearly every country you please without having to worry about visa requirements and the dreaded visa fee? While Chinese nationals got access to two new areas visa-free or visa-on-arrival, it still slide down tow places to just 71st.

Latest News