The Henley Passport Index has released its annual list of the world’s most powerful passports for the year, with two small countries holding their equal first place position.
As of 1 July 2019, both Japanese and Singaporean passport holders can travel to 189 countries hassle-free, without the need for a visa. The report analyses how many countries a passport holder can enter visa-free or on a visa-on-arrival basis.
Australia remains in ninth spot, along with New Zealand, Iceland and Lithuania, but the United Kingdom has suffered a significant slide down the list – a consequence of Brexit – to a joint sixth place position with the United States. This is the lowest position either country has held since 2010, especially considering the UK’s first place spot back in 2014, reports News.com.au.
Citizens of South Korea, Finland and Germany, clocked in second, with access to 187 destinations around the world without a prior visa.
Afghanistan rounds out the very bottom of the list with its citizens able to access only 25 destinations worldwide without a prior visa.
TOP 10 MOST POWERFUL PASSPORTS
1. Japan, Singapore
2. Germany, South Korea
3. Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg
4. France, Sweden, Spain
5. Austria, Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland
6. Belgium, Canada, Greece, Ireland, Norway, United Kingdom, United States
8. Czech Republic
9. Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Lithuania
10. Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia.