Henley Index: Japan Tops 2020 List Of World's Most Powerful Passports

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They say it's who you know in life that'll open the most doors for you. 

What's second to that? A Japanese passport.

Every year, the Henley Passport Index measures the world's most travel-friendly pieces of paper and this week has unveiled its first report for the new decade.

Offering visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to an incredible 191 destinations around the world, Japanese passport holders are now the new kings and queens of global travel.

And, to some surprise, Asia is dominating 2020's list with Singapore clocking in second place (190 countries) and South Korea tying with Germany for third (with a score of 189).

Australia has marginally improved its ranking since last decade, Aussie passports now allowing visa-free access to 183 countries around the world for a tied ninth place alongside New Zealand, Malta, Czech Republic, and Canada.

Check out the best and worst passport of the new decade below, and read the full Henley Index report here.

The most valuable passports of 2020:

1. Japan (191 destinations)

2. Singapore (190)

3. South Korea, Germany (189)

4. Italy, Finland (188)

5. Spain, Luxembourg, Denmark (187)

6. Sweden, France (186)

7. Switzerland, Portugal, Netherlands, Ireland, Austria (185)

8. United States, United Kingdom, Norway, Greece, Belgium (184)

9. New Zealand, Malta, Czech Republic, Canada, Australia (183)

10. Slovakia, Lithuania, Hungary (181)

The least valuable passports of 2020:

Several countries around the world have visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to fewer than 40 countries. These include:

100. North Korea, Sudan (39 destinations)

101. Nepal, Palestinian Territory (38)

102. Libya (37)

103. Yemen (33)

104. Somalia, Pakistan (32)

105. Syria (29)

106. Iraq (28)

107. Afghanistan (26)

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