Japan holds the world's most powerful passport for 2019

Japan Has The Most Powerful Passport In The World

Ukraine climbs another three spots in Passport Index

Going into 2019, China now sits in 69th place, with access to 74 countries around the world. Luxembourg and Spain shared fifth place with visa-free access to 186 countries.

South Korea edged up the ranking from October's index to join Singapore, offering access to 189 jurisdictions, thanks to a new visa-on-arrival agreement with India.

That's the view of the Henley Passport Index, which periodically measures the access each country's travel document affords.

Dr Christian H. Kälin, Group Chairman of Henley & Partners and the inventor of the Passport Index concept, said the 2019 ranking shows, despite rising isolationist sentiment in some parts of the world, many countries remain committed to collaboration.

South Korea is one of the world's top ranking countries when it comes to passport power.

"The general spread of open-door policies has the potential to contribute billions to the global economy, as well as create significant employment opportunities around the world", he said in a statement.

Henley and Partners, in particular, pointed to South Korea's progress over the years, . lauding its "proactive foreign affairs approach" and an "attitude that significantly benefits their citizens as well as the global community".

"While the deal hangs in the balance, it is hard to anticipate what the ultimate ramifications will be for European Union and United Kingdom citizens, as well as for European Union and United Kingdom trade and co-operation", the press release says.

Only Somalia, Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq are lower on the list according to the Henley Passport Index.

A British consultancy firm, Henley and Partners, have published an annual Passport Index ranking the relative strength of the world's passports.

The country has become the third worst country for global travel.

The United Arab Emirates also continued to rise in the rankings, holding the top spot in the Middle East at 22nd place, with its citizens able to access 164 countries visa free.

Japan tops the Index, with its passport opening borders to 190 countries. Territories annexed to other countries are excluded. It goes beyond a simple ranking of passports to provide you with an in-depth picture of your travel freedom, including which countries you can access with which type of visa, how your passport has changed over the last 14 years, how your passport compares to other passports, why your passport has the level of access it does, and which additional passports would improve your mobility.

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