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Singapore Overtakes Japan as World’s Strongest Passport

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According to the recent Henley Passport Index, Singapore has overtaken Japan to become the country with the world’s strongest passport. Singapore’s passport allows visa-free entry to an impressive 192 destinations worldwide.

After enjoying 5 years at the top, Japan has now slipped to third place due to a decrease in the number of visa-free destinations accessible with its passport, as reported by Henley & Partners, a London-based immigration consultancy.

Interestingly, the United States dropped two spots to eighth place, having been the top-ranked country nearly a decade ago, while the United Kingdom jumped two spots to fourth place after a Brexit-induced decline.

The countries with the highest rankings in the index are:

  1. Singapore (192)

  2. Germany, Spain and Italy (190)

  3. Austria, Finland, France, Japan, Luxembourg, South Korea and Sweden (189)

  4. Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands and United Kingdom (188)

  5. Belgium, Czech Republic, Malta, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal and Switzerland (187)

  6. Australia, Hungary and Poland (186)

  7. Canada and Greece (185)

  8. Lithuania and United States (184)

  9. Latvia, Slovakia and Slovenia (183)

  10. Estonia and Iceland (182)

Singapore, a nation of 5.6 million, has installed stringent requirements for granting citizenship, rejecting the idea of citizenship by virtue of individuals’ wealth. Nevertheless, Singapore is a magnet for wealth, which is why it is attracting several high-net-worth individuals amid a crackdown on private enterprise in China and escalating geopolitical tensions.

Meanwhile, Henley’s ranking methodology utilises data provided by the International Air Transport Association, which is different from the methodology of other passport indexes, such as the one published by financial advisory company, Arton Capital. Last year, Arton Capital ranked the United Arab Emirates as the country with the most powerful passport.

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