This is now the world’s most powerful passport for travel freedom

This is now the world’s most powerful passport for travel freedom

Frequent Filipino travelers won't find this surprising and are surely all too familiar with the hassle and uncertainty of applying for a visa to visit foreign countries.

Global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners has officially revealed that Japan wields the single most powerful passport in the entire world, allowing its citizens visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to 190 destinations.

Last year, a ranking of passports by worldwide global financial advisory firm Arton Capital showed that the Philippine passport is moderately weak, with its holders having visa-free access to only 61 countries.

Uzbekistan lifted visa requirements for French nationals on October 5, having already granted visa-free access to Japanese and Singaporean citizens in early February.

Coming in at second is Singapore with 189 destinations while Germany, France, and South Korea hold the 3rd spot.

Since being ranked in 62nd place in 2006, the country has made the fastest leaps on the list, rising to the 21st spot in 2018.

Singapore had been the top dog, but thanks to a new arrangement with Myanmar, Japan now leads with 190 visa-free countries.

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MANILA, Philippines - Ever dreamed about being going to nearly every country you please without having to worry about visa requirements and the dreaded visa fee? Denmark, Finland, Italy, Sweden and Spain all came in joint-fourth, with 187 destinations accessible to their citizens.

"The total score for each passport is equal to the number of destinations for which no visa is required".

In this year's ranking, both United Kingdom and U.S. have slipped the charts with 186 destinations.

However, Asian governments have signed up to 40 visa waivers in 2018, dramatically increasing visa-free travel for Asian countries.

The most useless passport in the world is a dubious honour awarded to Iraq and Afghanistan, which are both tied for last position, with a meagre 30 points each.

"As the world economy has become increasingly globalised, the need for greater visa-free access has grown steadily", said the Henley Passport Index report.

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