Germany no longer has the most powerful passport in the world

Jack Webb@JackWebb92
Thursday 01 March 2018 16:30
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Once upon a time when you'd think of a powerful passport, you might think of either a European or American one.

It's actually two Asian countries who hold the most powerful passports now, according to a real-time ranking compiled by citizenship-planning firm Henley & Partners released on February 28th.

Before now, Germany has been ranked five years in a row as having the world's most powerful passport.

However, it has now fallen behind Japan and Singapore.

According to Henley & Partners, citizens of Japan and Singapore now have easy access to a whopping 180 countries, compared to Germany's 179.

This is thanks in part to newly relaxed visa requirements in Uzbekistan which gives citizens of seven countries visa-free travel for 30 days, it's now easier for citizens of Japan and Singapore to travel there.

Henley & Partners calculated the 'power' of passports based off the passport's ability to travel visa-free to other foreign countries.

You can view their list of the 10 most powerful passports here:

Rank                                            Passport Number of countries accessible
1 Japan, Singapore 180
2 Germany 179
3 Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Sweden, Spain, South Korea 178
4 Norway, UK, Austria, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal 177
5 Switzerland, Ireland, US, Canada 176
6 Belgium, Australia, Greece 174
7 New Zealand, Czech Republic, Malta 173
8 Iceland 172
9 Hungary 171
10 Latvia 170


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