Most powerful passport in the world: Japan opens more doors than any other country in the world

The UK passport drops to its lowest rank since 2010

Japan has been named the most powerful passport in the world, surpassing countries like the UK and US, according to the newly released Henley Passport Index.

A passport from Japan opens more doors than a passport from anywhere else in the world, with visa-free access to 191 countries – comparatively the UK passport can access 184 countries visa-free.

Prior to 2020, the lowest the UK passport had sat on the rankings was at sixth in 2008 and 2009. It is in joint 8th position alongside the US, Belgium, Greece and Norway. The UK passport was previously ranked as the world’s most powerful in 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015. But it began to slide post-Brexit, to third in 2016, fourth in 2017, fifth in 2018 and sixth in 2019.

Singapore, who was last year ranked as the most powerful passport, dropped to second place this year. They maintained access to 189 destinations, followed closely by South Korea and Germany with access to 187 countries and territories.

A US passport provides access to 183 destinations in 2020.Passports from 16 other countries provide better access than the US. The country is also slipping in rank — last year it placed sixth.

The 10 most powerful passports in the world with access to over 150 countries visa-free

1. Japan – access to 191

2. Singapore – 190

3. Germany and South Korea – 189

4. Finland and Italy – 188

5. Denmark, Luxembourg and Spain – 187

6. France and Sweden – 186

7. Austria, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland – 185

8. Belgium, Greece, Norway, UK and US – 184

9. Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Malta and New Zealand – 183

10. Hungary, Lithuania and Slovakia – 181

The Henley Passport Index, is an annual ranking of the most powerful passports in the world based on how many destinations the holder can enter without a visa.

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