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REVEALED : The Most Powerful Passports In The World, 2018

Japan has knocked Singapore off the top spot on the list of the world’s most powerful passport, according to the ranking by Henley & Partners, with France, Germany, and South Korea in equal third.

Having recently gained visa-free access to Myanmar, Japanese citizens can travel to a record 190 countries out of a possible 218, while Singaporeans can visit 189 countries. The Henley Passport Index ranks passports according to their travel power using data from the International Air Transport Association.

Denmark is now in 4th place alongside Finland, Italy, Sweden, and Spain. The United States and the United Kingdom both give access to 186 destinations with their passports, alongside Norway, Austria, Luxembourg, Portugal, and the Netherlands.

The world’s most powerful passports 2018

1. Japan 190
2. Singapore 189
3. Germany 188
3. France 188
3. South Korea 188
4. Denmark 187
4. Finland 187
4. Italy 187
4. Sweden 187
4. Spain 187
5. Norway 186
5. United Kingdom 186
5. Austria 186
5. Luxembourg 186
5. Netherlands 186
5. Portugal 186
5. United States 186
6. Belgium 185
6. Switzerland 185
6. Ireland 185
6. Canada 185
7. Australia 183
7. Greece 183
7. Malta 183
8. Czech Republic 182
8. New Zealand 182
9. Iceland 181
10. Hungary 180
10. Malaysia 180
10. Slovenia 180

Indo-Pacific Region:

Among of the countries of the Indo-Pacific region, the United States’ passport has been ranked the 3rd “most powerful,” as Japan overtake Singapore to claim the number one title. Australia ranked 7th in the world and 4th in the Indo-Pacific region, Australia passport holders can travel without visas to 183 countries, where Malaysia’s citizens now get visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 180 countries, 15 more than Brunei, which sits on 165. Australia, which provides access to 77 countries, comes in seventh in the Indo-Pacific region.

  1. Japan (1st; 90 countries)
  2. Singapore (2nd; 189 countries)
  3. United States (5th; 186 countries)
  4. Australia (7th; 183 countries)
  5. Malaysia (10th; 180 countries)
  6. Brunei Darussalam (20th; 165 countries)
  7. Thailand (68th; 77 countries)
  8. Indonesia (72nd; 73 countries)
  9. Philippines (75th; 66 countries)
  10. India (81st; 60 countries)
  11. Cambodia (87th; 54 countries)
  12. Laos(89th; 52 countries)
  13. Vietnam (90th; 51 countries)
  14. Myanmar (93rd; 48 countries)

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Megan Batchelor

Megan Batchelor

Executive features editor at CEOWORLD Magazine
Executive features editor at The CEOWORLD magazine and lover of reality TV.I eat cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Megan Batchelor

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