The world’s most powerful passports have been revealed

Japan and Singapore still have the most powerful passports in the world, according to the latest Henley Passport Index.

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The most powerful passports for visa-free access. Image by boonchai wedmakawand/Getty Images

Both Japan and Singapore have held onto the title in the newest ranking, published on 1 October, with a visa-free or visa-on-arrival score of 190. Having visa-free access to countries makes things easier for jet-setting citizens, as they don't have to go through a long or expensive application process to visit other countries. Based on data from the International Air Transport Association, the report found that both places have held the spot for nearly two years, after knocking Germany out of the top spot in the beginning of 2018. For much of 14-year history of the index, European countries held the top spots. However, now Asian countries are starting to gain a stronghold. 

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A Russian passport. Image by ©Yulia Grigoryeva/Shutterstock

South Korea, which had tied for first place earlier this year, is now in second place along with Finland and Germany, allowing them to visit 188 places without applying for a visa. Both the US and UK remain in their lowest position since 2010, tied for sixth place when they held the first place in 2014. In third place are Denmark, Italy, and Luxembourg, while France, Spain and Sweden share fourth place. While Asian and European countries dominate the top 10, the UAE has climbed five places in last three months, bringing it up to 15th place. 

See the full ranking here.

This article was originally published on 8 July, 2019 and updated on 3 October, 2019.