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Japan Has The Most Powerful Passport In The World

Both the United States and United Kingdom have fallen according to the index produced by Henley and Partners. More Both the United States and United Kingdom have fallen according to the index produced by Henley and Partners. More
Patty Aguilar | 09 January, 2019, 15:26

The Ghanaian passport has been ranked 77th strongest in a world ranking of passports which was dominated by Asian countries.

Japan has entered 2019 with the world's most powerful passport, a new global ranking has revealed.

Nigeria was 94 in 2018 but has risen by three spots as its passport can take its holder into 47 countries without a visa.

Japan is followed by Singapore and South Korea in joint second place, whose citizens can visit 189 destinations without getting a visa before travel.

European countries also performed favorably, with European Union member states (along with Norway and the US) filling in the places behind the top three nations - although the United Kingdom continues to drop down the rankings, along with the US. Experts explain a significant drop from the top spot in 2015 by the policy of "closed doors" waged by both countries.

A Pakistani passport is in the bottom five of a worldwide list of countries enjoying visa-free/visa-on-arrival access.

And it added that it is unlikely that either country will reclaim the top spot any time soon.

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According to the index, it is now the sixth most powerful passport in the world, alongside the USA, Austrian, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese and Swiss.

Fourth place saw Denmark, Finland, Italy and Sweden have access to 187 countries. It started in 2006 as Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index and was modified and renamed in January 2018.

The German and French passports remain in third place going into 2019 with a visa-free score of 188.

The index, compiled by global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners, says it bases its ranking on "exclusive" data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and "is enhanced by extensive, ongoing research by the Henley & Partners Research Department".

This year the UAE benefited from visa-free access to 164 countries around the world. In 2017, the country was ranked 85th, with citizens able to access just 51 destinations.

According to the index, the passport that provides holders the least access is the Iraqi passport, which provides visa-free travel to just 30 nations.

"South Korea and the United Arab Emirates' recent ascent in the rankings are further examples of what happens when countries take a proactive foreign affairs approach, an attitude which significantly benefits their citizens as well as the global community".

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