While most of us may remain nonchalant to the news of Japan overtaking Singapore in the global ranking for the most powerful passport, those who are of a higher SES and use their passports as often as I tap my ez-link card may be taken aback.
The Japanese passport now offers its citizens visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to a record 189 destinations, compared to Singapore and Germany’s passports, which slipped into a tie for second place, offering visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 188 destinations.
Tied for third are South Korea, Finland, France, Italy, Spain and Sweden, while the United States and United Kingdom are tied at fourth place.
The index is compiled by global citizenship and residence advisory firm, Henley & Partners, which updated the passport index ranking on May 22. The firm also mentioned that nearly 40 visa-waiver agreements have been signed by governments since the start of the year.
The Henley Passport Index is formulated based on data from the International Air Transport Association, which maintains the world’s largest database of travel information. Additional research was also used to supplement the index.
Concluding the topic, in light of the World Cup, Russia announced in April that visas would be waived for all travellers with tickets to the upcoming Fifa World Cup in June and July.
Meanwhile, I shall continue collecting chops from JB customs because Malaysia no GST.