Sumary of Japan still has world’s most powerful passport:
- Despite a tumultuous year so far, the Asian nation kept its number one spot on the Henley Passport Index, the original ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without needing a visa prior to travel.
- The ranking is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (Iata), alongside research by the Henley team.
- The gap in travel freedom is now at its largest since the index began in 2006, with Japanese passport holders able to access 167 more destinations than citizens of Afghanistan, which sits at the bottom of the index.
- What with the many travel bans in place as a result of the pandemic, however, UK passport holders in reality have access to fewer than 60 countries right now – the equivalent to Uzbekistan.
- US passport holders have seen a 67 per cent decrease in their travel freedoms during the pandemic, with access to just 61 destinations worldwide – a passport power equivalent to Rwanda’s on the Henley Passport Index.
- Although some progress has been made in terms of international travel opening up, it’s slow going: between January to March 2021, international mobility had been restored to just 12 per cent of pre-pandemic levels in the same period in 2019.