According to the list compiled by the Henley Passport Index, which analyses how many countries a passport holder can enter visa-free or on a visa-on-arrival basis, Japan has topped the list.

Japan and Singapore have held onto their joint top spot, with each country offering visa-free access to 189 destinations.

South Korea now sits in second place along with Finland and Germany, with citizens of all three countries able to access 187 destinations around the world without a prior visa. France, Spain, and Sweden are in joint fourth place, each with a score of 185.

With a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 183, the UK and the US now share 6th place.

And while Australia’s position on the ranking has remained the same — in ninth spot, along with New Zealand, Iceland and Lithuania.

In significant shifts elsewhere in the rankings, the United Arab Emirates has entered the top 20 for the first time in the index’s 14-year history, with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 165. Over the past five years, the UAE has more than doubled the number of destinations its citizens are able to travel to without a prior visa.


  1. Japan, Singapore
  2. Germany, South Korea
  3. Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg
  4. France, Sweden, Spain
  5. Austria, Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland
  6. Belgium, Canada, Greece, Ireland, Norway, United Kingdom, United States
  7. Malta
  8. Czech Republic
  9. Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Lithuania
  10. Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia.
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