Japan has overtaken Singapore in the global ranking for the most powerful passport, according to the latest update released by the Henley Passport Index on Wednesday (May 23).
The ranking by Henley & Partners, a citizenship, and planning firm, takes into consideration how many countries can be visited without applying for a visa.
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The country that has made the quickest climb on the index is the United Arab Emirates (UAE), presently on the twenty-third place.
In 2015, Filipinos can only visit 60 countries visa-free, but in 2018, the country can now access 66 worldwide destinations without the need for a visa.
Japanese passport holders top the list with visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 189 countries while Germany and Singapore come equal second (188).
Portugal, UK, Norway, Austria, Luxembourg and the Netherlands with visa-free access to 177 countries, while Canada, Switzerland, the USA and Ireland are fifth gaining visa-free entry to 176 countries.
The UAE, now in 23rd place having risen 38 places since 2008, remains the fastest overall climber on the Henley Passport Index - the only index based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) which maintains the world's largest and most accurate database of travel information. "These developments also reflect the country's publicized goal of shifting its economic dependence away from the extractive industry towards tourism, where it aims to create an ambitious 720,000 employment opportunities within the sector by 2028". On 1 May, the government announced that citizens of 59 countries could travel to its popular Hainan province visa-free for a month - an unprecedented move for the traditionally closed-off nation.
However, all is not lost as Singapore is still the top contender in other passport rankings, such as the Arton's Passport Index.