Traveling the world speaks of great freedom. However, some passports tend to be stricter in terms of liberty than others. Reports published in 2018 reveal several travel documents that have the potential of crossing borders. The Japanese passport is now the most commanding passport. Henley Passport Index displayed this. Henley & Partners compile the passport index of various nations. It is a firm that provides advice on the residence and universal citizenship.
Japanese Passport Offering Visa-Free Access To Different Countries
Earlier this month, the Japanese citizens gained visa-free travel access to Myanmar, and now there is news of the citizens getting the ability to enjoy visa-on-arrival and visa-free access to 190 destinations across the world. With this, Japan knocks down Singapore to the second position where citizens have access to 189 destinations.
Earlier in 2018, Germany held the top spot. But with Japan coming in, it has shifted to the third position. Its citizens have the freedom to travel to 188 destinations with their passports. Next in line is South Korea and France. It was on 5th October when Uzbekistan cut back visa requirements for the residents of France.
Earlier in February, the nation had already offered visa-free access to the citizens of Japan and Singapore. On 1st October, South Korea got visa-free admission to Myanmar while Prague cut back visa requirements for the passport holders of Singapore in 2017.
How Is Japanese Passport The Most Powerful While USA And UK Are Not?
It might be surprising for you to know that both the UK and eUnited States with visa-on-arrival and visa-free access to around 186 venues across the world have taken the fifth position. Neither the USA nor UK has been successful in gaining entry to the new jurisdictions at present. It is also being envisaged that it would be rather difficult for both these nations to get back to the first position they had acquired in 2015.
There is more surprise coming your way to finding that Russia secures the 47th position despite receiving an enhancement this September when Taiwan came up with a visa-waiver program for the residents of Russia.
Though the United Arab Emirates has secured the 21st position in travel freedom for its residents, it has made a big jump. It is probably the biggest success story as the United Arab Emirates has moved from the 62nd position in the power rankings. The nation has also signed a visa-waiver contract with Russia, which will be coming into effect very soon.
Rankings Of The Other Countries
As far as China is concerned, it got access to Myanmar and St. Lucia and now secures the 71st position in travel freedom. Professionals from Henley & Partners claim that states will be able to achieve extraordinary results if they work in close collaboration with their universal peers in building a more coordinated and interconnected world.
Both the UAE and China are good examples of this progress as they have made big leaps in travel freedom power rankings in comparison to the other nations. The leap they have created is a result of the amicable associations with their companion nations across the globe.