Japan’s passports ranked 2023 as the world’s most powerful passports, with Singapore and South Korea tied for second place.
In the Henley Passport Index rankings, Japan’s received a visa-free score of 193, meaning that Japanese passport holders can travel to 193 of 227 destinations without a visa. This is about 85% of the whole world, Henley and Partners, the company behind the rankings, said in a press release on Tuesday.
The company explained that its passport index “is the only one of its kind based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Authority,” the trade association for over 290 airlines around the world.
Singapore, which tied for first place with Japan last year, dropped down to second place this year. Both Singapore and South Korea received a score of 192, while Germany and Spain tied for third place with a score of 190.
What are the 10 most powerful passports in 2023?
- Singapore, South Korea, Germany
- Italy, Finland, Spain, Luxembourg, Denmark
- France, Sweden, Austria, Netherlands, Portugal, Ireland, Switzerland, United States, United Kingdom, Norway, Belgium, New Zealand, Greece, Malta, Czech Republic, Canada, Australia
- Hungary, Iceland, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Slovenia, Poland
The most powerful passports in the world in 2023
- Japan (193 destinations)
- Singapore, South Korea (192 destinations)
- Germany, Spain (190 destinations)
- Finland, Italy, Luxembourg (189 destinations)
- Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden (188 destinations)
- France, Ireland, Portugal, United Kingdom (187 destinations)