Home

This Passport Holds The Most Weight, Gets Travelers Access To 190 Countries

By Sharelle Burt

Share

Since a passport can be super expensive for the average person, travelers would think that they hold weigh in every country. Unfortunately, they only matter the most in certain countries.

According to the 2019 Passport Index by Henley & Partners, passport holders from Japan are the most powerful travelers. For the second year in a row, Japanese passports give you access to 190 different countries, more than any other. Singapore and South Korea are tied for second place, with Germany and France tying for third, shocking experts. “South Korea and the United Arab Emirates’ recent ascent in the rankings are further examples of what happens when countries take a proactive foreign affairs approach, an attitude which significantly benefits their citizens as well as the international community,” Henley & Partners’ Group Chairman Christian Kalin said.

RELATED: Travel Hack: Here’s How To Find The Visa Requirements For Any Country 

Denmark, Finland, Italy, and Sweden grabbed fourth place and Luxembourg and Spain both came in fifth. So where does that leave the United States? Tying with the United Kingdom, Austria, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, and Switzerland, the U.S. is the sixth most powerful passport in the world, granting travelers access to 185 countries. One of the countries moving up on the list in China. Even though travelers can only get into almost 75 countries with a Chinese passport, their place went from 85th to 69th.

If travelers think passports from China aren’t strong, places like Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq are at the bottom of the list. Out of 200 countries, documents from these countries only get travelers into 30 regions. Rounding out the top ten of the list, travelers can enter 180 countries with passports from Belgium, Canada, Greece, Ireland, Czech Republic, Malta, Australia, Iceland, and New Zealand.

Kalin thinks that more doors will open as country policies change. “The general spread of open-door policies has the potential to contribute billions to the global economy, as well as create significant employment opportunities around the world.”

Share
Travel Noire

Sharelle Burt

Want more?

Get exclusive, unpublished tips from Travel Noire's CEO to help you get off the beaten path, into the hearts of locals and onto a better, more cultured life.

Planning An Engagement Photoshoot? Here Are 8 Locations Worth Traveling For

Planning An Engagement Photoshoot? Here Are 8 Locations Worth Traveling For

Whether you just popped the question to your person or you just said ‘yes’, you’re now engaged and there’s plenty of things to start planning for! Before you dive into wedding planning and all the things that come with it like finding the perfect dress, venue, and invites, you may want to have an engagement […]

Kelsey Marie

Where To Eat & Stay In Tokyo During The 2020 Olympics

Where To Eat & Stay In Tokyo During The 2020 Olympics

The 2020 Summer Olympics are only a few months away, and if you have plans to attend, it’s never too early to start planning. The Tokyo Games will use as many existing competition venues as possible, namely, those built for the Games in 1964, such as the prestigious Nippon Budokan for judo, the Baji Koen […]

Leah Freeman-Haskin

Introducing Nakations – Nude Vacations, And They Are Growing In Popularity

Introducing Nakations – Nude Vacations, And They Are Growing In Popularity

If you’ve ever dreamed of walking through your favorite resort in your birthday suit or soaking under the sun with nothing more than SPF 30 on your body, then maybe you are in need of a nakation. Forbes recently coined the new buzzword that they anticipate catching on quickly in 2020. From the popularity of […]

Leah Freeman-Haskin