Henley & Partners revealed this year’s most powerful passports in the world.
Every year, the consulting firm lists down the most powerful passports based on the number of countries it has access to. According to the report, Japanese and Singaporean passports tops this year’s list. Moreover, these two passports allow their bearers to enter a whopping 190 nations throughout the globe. In essence, Japanese and Singaporeans can literally travel the globe provided they have the means to do so.
Rounding up the top 10 passports are the following countries:
- South Korea
- Sweden; and
Notably, South Korea, Finland, and Germany are neck and neck for the 2nd spot. In particular, the three countries have access to 188 countries.
Passport reviews such as this showcase the disparity of wealth of nations. In particular, all nations included in the top 10 are developed nations. Alternatively, no country from Africa and the Americas reached the top 10. According to Dr. Christian Kaelin, the founder of Henley, “Often, there is a strong correlation between visa freedom and other benefits such as business and investment freedom, independence of the judiciary, fiscal health, and property rights.”.
In comparison, the Afghanistan passport again figures as the weakest. Currently, the embattled middle eastern nation only has access to 25 countries; none of which are developed countries. Apparently, this is due to the political crisis hounding the Islamic nation. Additionally, joining Afghanistan at the bottom are other middle eastern nations Syria and Iraq.
The UK not included in the top of most powerful passports list
Since topping the list in 2014, the United Kingdom passport has since fallen behind other countries. With the Brexit issue looming over the horizon, the Henley Report states that uncertainty reigns in the UK.
In its press release, Henley states that “with its exit from the EU now imminent, and coupled with ongoing confusion about the terms of its departure, the UK’s once-strong position looks increasingly uncertain.”.