These are the most powerful passports in 2018

Say konnichiwa (or ohaiyo gozaimasu or konbanwa, depending on what time it is) to the world’s most powerful passport. Japan has jumped from 5th place last year to become number one in the 2018 Henley Passport Index.

Singapore jumped up to 2nd place from 4th, while Germany, which maintained a no.1 streak for four years, dropped to 3rd place. The Henley Passport Index ranks all the passports in the world according to how many countries their holders can visit without a visa. Japan was recently granted visa-free access to Myanmar, bumping it up to 190 countries that can be visited without a visa.

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There are the top 10, and bottom 10 passports on the list, with the number of countries they can access visa-free in brackets. Where does your passport currently rank?

Top 10

1. Japan (190)
2. Singapore (189)
3. Germany, France, South Korea (188)
4. Denmark, Finland, Italy, Sweden, Spain (187)
5. Austria, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom, United States (186)
6. Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Switzerland (185)
7. Australia, Greece, Malta (183)
8. Czech Republic, New Zealand (182)
9. Iceland (181)
10. Hungary, Malaysia, Slovenia (180)

Bottom 10

1. Afghanistan, Iraq (30)
2. Somalia, Syria (32)
3. Pakistan (33)
4. Yemen (37)
5. Eritrea, Palestinian Terrirory, Sudan (39)
6. Nepal (40)
7. Bangladesh, Lebanon, Libya, South Sudan (41)
8. Ethiopia, North Korea, Sri Lanka (42)
9. Congo, Iran (43)
10. Kosovo (44)

Thinking of making good use of your passport?

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Andrea Tim

Andrea is a serial kopi peng drinker (for fun, not for the caffeine; coffee doesn't wake her up) and believer in keyboard shortcuts. She sees The Dress as blue and black, and hears both Yanny and Laurel. Make of that what you will.

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