Japan maintains top spot
KUWAIT CITY, Jan 8: Kuwait ranked 57 on the Henley Passport Index, a global classification that tracks countries according to their most powerful passports in terms of the freedom of movement of their citizens according to the number of destinations that the passport holder can travel without a prior visa, reports Al-Anba daily.
The index showed that the Kuwaiti passport allows its holder to travel to 95 countries without a prior visa and to be the second Arab passport after the Emirates, which ranked 18th in the world with 171 countries, where it jumped 47 centers during the last 10 years, followed by Qatar in the 58th place with 93 countries.
For the third year in a row, Japan maintained its top spot – based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), with a visa waiver/visa on arrival score of 191.
Asia dominates the top of the list, with Singapore in second place (with a score of 190) and South Korea tying with Germany in third place (with a score of 189).
European countries have a strong showing in the rest of the top ten, with Finland and Spain at No. 4, Spain, Luxembourg and Denmark coming fifth, and Sweden and France sitting at No. 6.
The US and the UK, meanwhile, continue to slide down the rankings. As we step into the 2020s, they hold joint eighth place – a far cry from the number one spot they jointly held five years ago, in 2015.
A Japanese passport holder can access 165 more destinations than a holder of the world’s weakest passport, that of Afghanistan, which offers visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to just 26 destinations.
The best passports to hold in 2020
- 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); and
- Slovakia, Lithuania, Hungary (181)