Japan has overtaken Singapore to claim the top spot on the 2018 Henley Passport Index, according to a press release on October 9, 2018.
After having visa-free access to Myanmar earlier this month, Japan now enjoys visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations, compared to Singapore’s total of 189.
Japan and Singapore have been neck and neck on the index since they both climbed to 1st place in February. following a visa-exemption from Uzbekistan. They have pushed Germany down to 2nd place for the first time since 2014.
Germany has fallen further to third place this quarter, sharing the position with South Korea and France. The three countries all have a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 188.
Iraq and Afghanistan continue to hold the bottom (106th) spot of the Henley Passport Index, with only 30 destinations accessible to their citizens.
“The Henley Passport Index is an important tool for measuring not only the relative strength of the world’s passports but also the extraordinary results that states can achieve when they work hand in hand with their global peers to build a more interconnected and collaborative world," said Dr. Christian H. Kälin, Group Chairman of Henley & Partners.