German passport is at the top for the 5th year in a row, with visa-free or visa-upon-arrival access to 177 countries, up from 176 last year, according to residence and citizenship advisory firm Henley & Partners.
Singapore took the second spot, its highest ranking on the index in the last ten year – Singapore passport holders can travel to 176 countries without a visa, up from 173 countries.
The index is based on how many countries various passport holders can travel to without a visa.
Third place on the list is shared among Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Passport holders from these countries enjoy visa-free travel to 175 countries.
Ranking jointly fourth on the index are Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Spain, which have visa-free access to 174 countries.
The United States and South Korea came in fifth as their passports allow visa-free travel to 173 countries.
Seven passports lost visa-free access to one other country: Azerbaijan, New Zealand, Antigua and Barbuda, Algeria, Laos, North Korea, and Syria
Here is the top 10 list of most influential passports of 2018:
|Rank||Country||Number of countries accessible|
|3||Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden, United
|4||Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland||174|
|5||Ireland, Portugal, South Korea, United States||173|
|7||Australia, Greece, New Zealand||171|
|8||Czech Republic, Iceland||170|
In February 2017, Belarus introduced a 5-day visa-free visit available to citizens of 80 countries, including Germany.
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