World's most powerful passport revealed as UK slips down the rankings
The UK has continued its four year slide down the world's most powerful passports. Stock image. (PA)
According to the Henley Passport Index holding a Japanese passport is the opens the most doors to other countries with citizens enjoying visa free, or on arrival, access to 190 countries.
Singapore and South Korea were tied at joint second place, with access to 189 destinations, and France and Germany were joint third.
The UK, which was joint top in 2015, now lies in joint sixth position – tied with its trans Atlantic cousin, the United States.
Dr Christian H Kälin, group hairman of Henley & Partners, says despite rising isolationist sentiment in some parts of the world, most countries remain committed to collaboration and mutually beneficial agreements.
He added: "Historical data from the Henley Passport Index over the past 14 years shows an overwhelming global tendency towards visa-openness.
"In 2006, a citizen, on average, could travel to 58 destinations without needing a visa from the host nation; by the end of 2018, this number had nearly doubled to 107."
Dr Kälin said China's ranking supported this argument – in 2017 the country was ranked 85th, with citizens able to access just 51 destinations. Going into 2019, China now sits in 69th place, with access to 74 countries around the world
As in 2018, countries with citizenship-by-investment (CBI) programs continue to hold strong positions on the index.
Malta sits in 9th spot, with access to 182 destinations and St. Kitts and Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda hold 27th and 28th spot respectively, while Moldova remains in a strong position at 46th place, with citizens able to access 122 countries.
Dr Juerg Steffen, CEO of Henley & Partners, added: "More and more countries are looking to launch CBI programs, which attract talented individuals and bring enormous economic and societal benefits to their nations."
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