Singapore has been dethroned by Japan as having the most powerful passport in the world, but judging from the number of times we have to report about the strength of our travel documents, it won’t be long before the positions change again.
According to the updated rankings for the 2018 Henley Passport Index, Singapore has settled in second place alongside Germany — both countries with visa-free access or visa-on-arrival to 188 countries. Japan, however, trumps everyone as its citizens are able to have the same access to 189 destinations, including the West African country of Benin.
Third place is shared by six countries — South Korea, Finland, France, Italy, Spain, and Sweden.
Regionally, Singapore remains top dog, with Malaysia trailing close behind in 9th place globally with visa-free access to 180 countries. Thailand sits at 64th place; Indonesia is at the 67th position; the Philippines ranks at 70th place; Cambodia is at 81st; Vietnam is at 84th; Myanmar is at 87th.