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The World's Most Powerful Passports

This article is published in collaboration with Statista

by Niall McCarthy

Some passports afford their bearers more freedom than others. On Tuesday, Japan was once again named the country with the world's most powerful passport by the Henley Passport Index. The latest big addition to the travel list came in 2019: Since then, Brazil grants Japanese citizens visa-free access, meaning Japanese passport holders have visa-free access or visa-on-arrival access to an impressive 193 countries. Another Asian nation, Singapore, is in second place with 192 destinations. South Korea and Germany follow with visa-free travel to 191 jurisdictions. French, Finnish, Luxembourgian and Italian passports come next with access to 190 countries without a prearranged visa.

Even though the United States is further down the ranking, the American passport still yields considerable power. U.S. passport holders can travel to 187 countries without major restrictions. That's a level of freedom also enjoyed by citizens in New Zealand, Belgium, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

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