(CNN) — This specific’s been a two-horse race This specific year to be named the planet’s most powerful passport, with both top contenders in Asia.
today, as we enter the final quarter of 2019, Japan as well as also Singapore have held onto their position as the planet’s most travel-friendly passports.
Singapore as well as also Japan’s passports have topped the rankings thanks to both documents offering access to 190 countries each.
South Korea rubs shoulders with Finland as well as also Germany in second place, with citizens of all three countries able to access 188 jurisdictions around the planet without a prior visa.
Finland has benefited via recent adjustments to Pakistan’s formerly highly restrictive visa policy. Pakistan today offers an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) to citizens of 50 countries, including Finland, Japan, Spain, Malta, Switzerland as well as also the United Arab Emirates — yet not, notably, the United States or the UK.
The European countries of Denmark, Italy as well as also Luxembourg hold third place inside the index, with visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to 187 countries, while France, Spain as well as also Sweden are inside the fourth slot, that has a score of 186.
a few years ago, the United States as well as also the UK topped the rankings in 2014 — yet both countries have today slipped down to sixth place, the lowest position either has held since 2010.
While the Brexit process has yet to directly impact on the UK’s ranking, the Henley Passport Index press Discharge observed in July, “with its exit via the EU today imminent, as well as also coupled with ongoing confusion about the terms of its departure, the UK’s once-strong position looks increasingly uncertain.”
The United Arab Emirates continues its ascent up the rankings, up a few places to rank 15th.
“This specific’s the strongest climber This specific quarter,” Lorraine Charles at Cambridge University’s Centre for Business Research says inside the October Discharge.
“While the UAE may not be able to compete with Saudi Arabia — the regional hegemon — in terms of military strength as well as also economic power, the projection of its soft power can be uncontested inside the GCC.”
At the various other end of the scale, Afghanistan can be Just as before at the bottom of the rankings, with its citizens needing a prior visa for all yet 25 destinations worldwide.
Dr. Christian H. Kaelin, Chairman of Henley & Partners as well as also the creator of the passport index concept, says inside the July Discharge: “that has a few notable exceptions, the latest rankings via the Henley Passport Index show of which countries around the planet increasingly view visa-openness as crucial to economic as well as also social progress.”
Japan has held onto the top spot throughout 2019.
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The best passports to hold in 2019 are:
1. Japan, Singapore (190 destinations)
2. Finland, Germany, South Korea (188)
3. Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg (187)
4. France, Spain, Sweden (186)
5. Austria, Netherlands, Portugal (185)
6. Belgium, Canada, Greece, Ireland, Norway, United Kingdom, United States, Switzerland (184)
7. Malta, Czech Republic (183)
8. completely new Zealand (182)
9. Australia, Lithuania, Slovakia (181)
10. Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Slovenia (180)
The worst passports to hold
Several countries around the planet have visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to fewer than 40 countries. These include:
100. Lebanon, North Korea (39 destinations)
101. Nepal (38)
102. Libya, Palestinian Territory, Sudan (37)
103. Yemen (33)
104. Somalia, Pakistan (31)
105. Syria (29)
106. Iraq (27)
107. Afghanistan (25)
various other indexes
Henley & Partner’s list can be one of several indexes created by financial firms to rank global passports according to the access they provide to their citizens.
The Henley Passport Index can be based on data provided by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) as well as also covers 199 passports as well as also 227 travel destinations. This specific can be updated in real time throughout the year, as as well as also when visa policy adjustments come into effect.
Arton Capital’s Passport Index takes into consideration the passports of 193 United Nations member countries as well as also six territories — ROC Taiwan, Macau (SAR China), Hong Kong (SAR China), Kosovo, Palestinian Territory as well as also the Vatican. Territories annexed to various other countries are excluded.
Its 2019 index puts the UAE on top that has a “visa-free score” of 177, followed by Germany, Finland, Luxembourg as well as also Spain with 170.