The world’s most powerful passports for 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed the travel landscape, potentially for decades to come.

The Henley Passport Index, which periodically measures the world’s most travel-friendly passports, has just released its latest report — and an analysis of what might lie ahead.

Asian citizens continue to have the world’s most powerful travel documents, with Japan at the top of the list.

The index doesn’t take temporary restrictions into account, so Japan is once again top of the leaderboard, offering visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 191 destinations around the world.

Singapore is in second place (with a score of 190) and South Korea ties with Germany in third place (with a score of 189).A little further down the top 10, New Zealand is in seventh position, with visa-free access to 185 destinations, while Australia is in eighth place, with access to 184 destinations.

This APAC dominance is a relatively new phenomenon in the 16-year history of the index.


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