Henley Passport Index releases its ranking of passports of all countries of the world and have updated the 2020 rankings. Asia’s Countries achieved the first three rankings.
Dr. Christian H. Kaelin, chairman of consultancy firm Henley & Partners, said the index shows that the world has been adapting to “mobility as a permanent condition of global life”.
- For the 3rd consecutive year, Japan again takes up the topmost place for the most powerful passport in the world for 2020. Japanese passport holders can access 191 destinations across the world without a visa.
- Singapore takes the second spot for the most powerful passport in the world in 2020. The Singaporean passport gives you visa-free access to 190 countries in the world. Last year, both Japan and Singapore passports took top ranking with access to 190 countries without a prior visa.
- South Korea and Germany share the third spot. Passports of both these countries have visa-free access to 189 destinations of the world. Whereas, last year, South Korea, Germany and Finland shared second place, with a score of 188.
However, India is ranked 84th in the Henley Passport Index. As the Indian passport has visa-free access to 58 countries in the world.
The least powerful passport in the world is that of Afghanistan. The Afghani passport gives visa-free access to just 26 countries of the world.
Henley & Partners noted that the United States and the United Kingdom together took the eighth spot, with access to 184 countries without a prior visa. Their passports were the most powerful in 2015, but have seen a “significant decline” in their positions on the table, behind 16 countries.
Dr Christian H. Kaelin added: “The latest rankings show that the countries that embrace this reality are thriving, with their citizens enjoying ever-increasing passport power and the array of benefits that come with it.”
Henley & Partners also highlighted that the “global mobility gap is the starkest it has been since the index’s inception in 2006”, with a Japanese passport holder now able to access 165 more countries than an Afghan national.