Japanese, Singaporean passports most powerful to have in 2021

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COVID-19 Prompts Shift in Passport Power

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"Just a year ago all indications were that the rates of global mobility would continue to rise, that travel freedom would increase, and that holders of powerful passports would enjoy more access than ever before", he said. It is likely that COVID-19 vaccination will be declared mandatory to the people who are willing to travel to the destinations in many countries.

The index pointed out that the UAE passport continues "its wonderful path, especially after the country signed several agreements to exempt visas a year ago".

"Singapore sits in second position, with access to 190 destinations, and South Korea holds onto third place alongside Germany, with both having a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 189".

The Henley Passport Index released the latest ranking of the world's powerful passports in 2021 amid the new wave of coronavirus pandemic when many countries are planning to impose lockdown and travel restrictions again.

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom ranked in seventh place alongside Belgium, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and the US, with a visa-free score of 185.

A new global ranking revealed the most powerful passports for 2021.

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The ascendance of APAC countries in the Henley Passport Index rankings is a relatively new phenomenon.

The British passport rose from eighth place from the beginning of 2020 to seventh position with travel to 185 countries, along with the USA passport, despite its exit from the European Union.

As the report doesn't take temporary restrictions into account, Japan tops the list of the strongest passports, offering visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 191 destinations around the world.

Meanwhile, the worst countries on the list included Somalia and Yemen, coming in at 106th on the list with visa access to just 33 countries, Pakistan with 32, Syria with 29, Iraq with 28, and - in last spot - Afghanistan with 26. It might no longer be the case that nationality alone will open doors. Asia Pacific (APAC) region countries' dominance of the index - which is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) - now seems firmly established.

Henley & Partner's list is one of several indexes created by financial firms to rank global passports according to the access they provide to their citizens. French, Finnish, Luxembourgian and Italian passports come next with access to 188 countries without a prearranged visa.

Arton Capital's Passport Index takes into consideration the passports of 193 United Nations member countries and six territories - ROC Taiwan, Macau (SAR China), Hong Kong (SAR China), Kosovo, Palestinian Territory and the Vatican.

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