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Travel There's a new world leader on the ranking of world's most powerful passport

18:40  24 may  2018
18:40  24 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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German citizens still possess the world ' s most powerful passport , according to new research, but there ' s good news for the UK, which has climbed the table from joint eighth to joint third place. The ranking by Henley & Partners, a citizenship and planning firm.

Arton Capital, a financial firm that says it “empowers individuals and families to become Global Citizens,” at least in part by connecting clients to citizenship-purchasing programs , has put together a ranking of the world ’ s passports that shows which pack the most punch. New Zealand.

Japanese citizens now hold the world's most powerful passport. © Provided by AFPRelaxNews Japanese citizens now hold the world's most powerful passport.

The ranking for the world's most powerful passport has changed once again, this time with Japan topping the leaderboard. 

In the latest edition of the Henley Passport Index, Japan edges out former chart-toppers Singapore and Germany for offering their passport-holders visa-free access to 189 destinations. 

Germany and Singapore fall to second place by a slim margin, with 188 destinations. 

While European countries in the Schengen Area have traditionally dominated the index, analysts point to the rising power of Asian nations, thanks to increasingly strong international trade and diplomatic relations. 

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South Korea and Singapore passport holders can now easily access 163 countries. South Korea joins Singapore at the top of the index ranking for the first time. Last year saw the rise of Asian countries with Singapore the first Asian country ever to top the world ’ s most powerful passports .

Asia’ s most powerful passport has elbowed past Europe’ s supreme citizenship. Singapore’ s is now the world ’ s most powerful passport , according to Passport Index, a ranking compiled by global financial advisory firm Arton Capital.

Recently, South Korea and Singapore, for instance, struck deals with Uzbekistan and Somalia.  

China also climbed the index after gaining access to Bosnia and Herzegovina and the United Arab Emirates this year. 

In fact, the reciprocal agreement between China and the UAE is credited with boosting growth in the local tourism industry by up to 70 percent so far, compared to last year, the report notes. 

View into a street with illuminated advertising, shops, restaurants and bars, night view, Shimbashi, Tokyo, Japan - provided by Shutterstock © Shutterstock View into a street with illuminated advertising, shops, restaurants and bars, night view, Shimbashi, Tokyo, Japan - provided by Shutterstock

On the flip side, the report points out that China is also "reciprocating the warm welcome it has received on the global stage," offering 59 countries visa-free access to its popular Hainan province for up to one month. 

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While some passports allow you to quite literally just go about anywhere, others don’t. Each year a new list comes out, keeping track of the world ’ s most powerful passports - based on Visa free travel and there ’ s a new top country…

German citizens still possess the world ' s most powerful passport , according to new research, with Britain slipping from joint third to joint eighth place. The ranking by Henley & Partners, a citizenship and planning firm, takes into account how many countries can be visited without applying for a visa.

Meanwhile, the fastest climber on the index is the United Arab Emirates, which has risen 38 spots to 23rd place since 2008.  

The country also secured eight new visa-waivers for its citizens in 2018 alone, more than any other country: China, Ireland, Burkina Faso, Uruguay, Guinea, Tonga, Benin and Honduras. 

The ranking is based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and is updated in real-time. 

Here is the latest ranking: 

1. Japan - visa-free access to 189 countries 
2. Germany, Singapore - 188 
3. Finland, France, Italy, South Korea, Spain, Sweden - 187 
4. Austria, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, UK, US - 186 
5. Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Switzerland - 185 
6. Greece, Australia - 183 
7. Czech Republic, Malta, New Zealand - 182 
8. Iceland - 181 
9. Hungary, Slovenia, Malaysia - 180 
10. Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia - 179

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Singapore: Singapore has the world ' s " most powerful " passport , according to a global ranking topped for the first time by an Asian country with India figuring at 75th position, three notches better than its previous ranking .

After five years at the top, Germany has been knocked off its most - powerful - passport -in-the- world perch: a new "live index" shows that Japan and Singapore are tied for This article was originally published in 2016.

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