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Japan has top passports for visa-free travel

by Ray Clancy on November 21, 2018

Japanese citizens are holders of the world’s most powerful passports in terms of the number of countries they can enter without a visa or getting a visa on arrival, the latest global travel index shows.

People with a Japanese passport can enter 190 countries without a visa or get a visa on arrival, taking the top spot in the Henley Passport index which ranks passports by assessing how easy it is to enter other countries, using data from the International Air Transport Association.

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Japan reached the top after Myanmar granted visa free access to its citizens, putting Singapore in second place with visa free access to 189 countries, with Germany, France and South Korea tied in third place.

Next is a group of European countries with Denmark, Finland, Italy, and Sweden all tied in fourth place and then Spain, the UK and the United States in fifth place, followed by Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland and Canada in sixth and Australia, Malta and Greece tied for seventh.

The UK and the US used to hold the joint top spot, a recently as 2015, but the number of new countries gaining access to these two nations is stagnant whereas Asian countries are actively expanding. [click to continue…]

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