This is the most powerful passport in 2020
If you're a frequent traveller for either work or pleasure, or both, then you'll know the inportance of having a strong passport. If you have the opposite (ahem), then you can say goodbye to spontaneous travel. You're in for one too many visa appointements, expensive fees, and a lot of time waiting in lines to know if your travel plan can go ahead or not. If you have the former then, the world is your oyster and remember the plight of your fellow comrades who don't have the ease of travel that you do.
Therefore, the most important possession for most is often their passport. The Henley Passport Index, which measures the world's most travel-friendly passports, has given 2020's top spot to Japan.
The Asian country is now the most powerful passport in the world and offers visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to a 191 countries around the world.
The top three spots are all claimed surprsingly by Asian countries with Singapore in second place and South Korea in a third place tie with Germany.
The UAE has jumped a stunning 47 places in the last decade and is the most powerful passport to own in the Middle East. It's currently ranked in 18th place, with a visa-free or visa-on-arrival score of 171.
The world’s most powerful passports, according to The Henley Passport Index:
1. Japan – access to 191 countries visa-free
2. Singapore – 190
3. Germany and South Korea – 189
4. Finland and Italy – 188
5. Denmark, Luxembourg and Spain – 187
6. France and Sweden – 186
7. Austria, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland – 185
8. Belgium, Greece, Norway, UK and US – 184
9. Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Malta and New Zealand – 183
10. Hungary, Lithuania and Slovakia – 181
11. Iceland, Latvia and Slovenia – 180
12. Estonia – 179
13. Liechtenstein and Malaysia – 178
14. Poland – 176
15. Monaco – 175
16. Chile and Cyprus – 174
17. Romania – 172
18. Bulgaria and the UAE – 171
19. Argentina and Brazil – 170
20. Croatia and Hong Kong – 169