Meet the most powerful passports in the world to travel without a visa

The classification of “more powerful passports” is done using the Henley Passport Index, which takes into account the freedom to travel the world based on the degree of access without visa and with visa a la carte that citizens enjoy.

This is based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and classifies 199 passports from around the world. It is important to note that it is updated in real time throughout the year, as changes in visa policy change and come into effect.

The top spot was held by Japan for five years. However, this summer he was knocked down to third place and the new champion is Singaporewhose citizens can visit 193 destinations of 227 around the world without a visa.

Asian countries have long dominated the top of the leaderboard in the index created by London-based global citizenship and residency advisory firm Henley & Partners. But Europe is currently recovering.

Germany, Italy and Spain moved up to second place for visa-free access to 190 destinationswhile Japan and South Korea They share the number three spot with Austria, Finland, France, Luxembourg and Sweden. Citizens of this set of seven countries enjoy access to 189 destinations without the need for a prior visa.

Fourth place is occupied by Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, countries that provide a passport that can be accessed 188 destinations. For one less destination, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Malta, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal and Switzerland are in fifth place.

Australia, Hungary and Poland are in sixth place, with 186 destinationswhile Canada and Greece lead the seventh place, since they allow travel to 185 countries without visa.

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The United States has been on a downward path since the halcyon days of being ranked, along with the United Kingdom, at number 1 in 2014. This time, it dropped another two places to eighth, with access only to 184 destinations without visa. This position is shared with Lithuania.

The number nine position is occupied by Latvia, Slovakia and Slovenia (183 destinations). While the tenth is held by Estonia and Iceland (182 destinations).

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The travel freedom gap between those at the top and bottom of the rankings is wider than ever. the citizens of Afghanistan they can only visit 27 destinations without a prior visa, only below iraq (with 29 destinations) and Syria (with 30).

Cristian H. Kaelin, Chairman of Henley & Partners, notes that Singapore has been busy ensuring greater travel freedom for its citizens over the past decade, gaining visa-free access to 25 new destinations.

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