Move over Japan, the country’s passport is the most powerful in the world

Henley’s ranking tracks data from the International Air Transport Association.

According to the latest Henley Passport Index, Singapore has replaced Japan as the world’s most powerful passport, allowing visa-free entry to 192 global destinations.

After five years at the top, Japan has slipped to third place as the number of places it can access its passport without a visa has dropped, according to a ranking released by London-based immigration consultancy Henley & Partners.

The US, which topped the rankings nearly a decade ago, slipped two places to eighth. After a Brexit-induced slump, the UK moved up two places to fourth, the last time it had been in 2017.

Singapore is a magnet for wealth, with recent arrivals driven by a crackdown on private enterprise in China and fears of geopolitical tensions. But getting the privilege to use the city-state’s travel document isn’t easy. The country of 5.6 million people granted citizenship to about 23,100 people last year, and officials earlier this year ruled out doing so based on individuals’ net worth.

Henley’s ranking tracks data from the International Air Transport Association. The system differs from other passport codes, such as those issued last year by financial adviser Arden Capital, which has put the UAE in pole position.

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