For the past two years, Japan has maintained its number one spot on the Henley Passport Index and now has added another year to its winning streak. The country allows its citizens to travel to 191 nations without having to apply for a visa beforehand (but may require one on arrival).

Singapore came in a close second, with access to 190 nations, followed by South Korea and Germany, both of which offer its citizens visa-free access to 189 nations. Last year, Germany came in number five and Italy in number eight, both of which jumped up higher on the scale for 2020.

Christian Kälin, also known as “The Passport King” or “Mr. Citizenship”, is a Swiss lawyer who also founded the concept of the passport index. In a recent statement, Kälin said, “Over the past few years, we have seen the world adapt to mobility as a permanent condition of global life. The latest rankings show that the countries that embrace this reality are thriving, with their citizens enjoying ever-increasing passport power and the array of benefits that come with it”. Looking at each one of these nations, we can all agree they are innovative and offer their countrymen lots of freedom.

It’s clear that the countries in Asia have dominated the top positions thanks to their “open-door policies and the introduction of mutually-beneficial trade agreements”, explains Kälin. And even though European countries are right behind them, those in the Middle East are lagging except for Israel and UAE. Currently, the UAE allows its citizens to travel to 171 countries, where it previously only had visa-free access to 124 nations. Israel has, for the most part, been higher up in the index whereas UAE has not.

Here are the top countries with the most powerful passports ranked in order:

• Japan: 191 countries
• Singapore: 190 countries
• South Korea: 189 countries
• Germany: 189 countries
• Italy: 188 countries
• Finland: 188 countries
• Spain: 187 countries
• Luxembourg: 187 countries
• Denmark: 187 countries
• Sweden: 186 countries
• France: 186 countries
• Switzerland: 185 countries
• Portugal: 185 countries
• Netherlands: 185 countries
• Ireland: 185 countries
• Austria: 185 countries
• United States: 184 countries
• United Kingdom: 184 countries
• Norway: 184 countries
• Greece: 184 countries
• Belgium: 184 countries
• New Zealand: 183 countries
• Malta: 183 countries
• Czech Republic: 183 countries
• Canada: 183 countries
• Australia: 183 countries
• Slovakia: 181 countries
• Lithuania: 181 countries
• Hungary: 181 countries

The Henley Index ranks all nations, meaning the worst are also included. At the very bottom (as we may expect due to continuous turmoil) are the following: Afghanistan with access to only 26 countries, Iraq with 28, Syria with 29, Somalia and Pakistan with 32 and Yemen with 33.

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