In the latest real-time update of the Henley Passport Index, the podium is topped by a trio of Asian countries. Going into 2019, Japan leads the charts, with citizens enjoying visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations around the world – the most of any other country.
Singapore and South Korea share the second spot at 189 countries, while France and Germany are tied at the third spot.
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Overall, Asian countries dominate the latest updated index, signalling Asia’s growing mobility and the world’s open-door policy to countries in the region – an asset that has the potential to contribute billions to the global economy and create employment opportunities around the world, says Henley index creator Christian Kaelin.
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Notable movers in the latest ranking include South Korea, which reached a new high in the second spot, while the US and UK jointly share the sixth spot – a significant fall from grace, given they jointly held the top spot in 2015.
The ranking indexes 185 countries and is based on data from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA).
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Here are the world's most powerful passports according to the latest Henley Passport Index:
3. France and Germany
5. Spain and Luxembourg
6. Austria, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, US and UK
8. Czech Republic
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