Henley Index: Japan leads the chart of the world’s best passports in 2020
The Henley Passport Ranking, which annually tests the most transportation-friendly passports in the country, has published its first New Decade Survey.
Japan has become top of the ladder, offering visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to an impressive 191 locations worldwide. Asia is top of the list, with Singapore second (with a score of 190) and South Korea third (with a score of 189) with Germany.
Europe has a good display in the rest of the top ten, with Finland and Spain placing fourth at No.4, Italy, Luxembourg and Denmark, with Sweden and France remaining at No. 6.
Nevertheless, the report concludes that when it comes to freedom of movement, there is a growing divide and this disparity in mobility is now the largest it has ever been since the index was introduced in 2006.
A Japanese visa holder can visit 165 more locations than a holder of the worst passport in the country, that of Afghanistan, which has visa-free / visa-on-arrival travel to just 26 places.
For 2020 the safest passports to hold are:
- Japan (191 destinations)
- Singapore (190)
- South Korea, Germany (189)
- Italy, Finland (188)
- Spain, Luxembourg, Denmark (187)
- Sweden, France (186)
- Switzerland, Portugal, Netherlands, Ireland, Austria (185)
- United States, United Kingdom, Norway, Greece, Belgium (184)
- New Zealand, Malta, Czech Republic, Canada, Australia (183)
- Slovakia, Lithuania, Hungary (181)
The worst passports to hold:
Many countries worldwide have links to less than 40 countries for visa-free or visa-on-arrival. These include:
- North Korea, Sudan (39 destinations)
- Nepal, Palestinian Territory (38)
- Libya (37)
- Yemen (33)
- Somalia, Pakistan (32)
- Syria (29)
- Iraq (28)
- Afghanistan (26)