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Months after Japan beat out Singapore for the title of world’s most popular passport, a refreshed ranking reveals the country to have defended its #1 title, despite the large number of visa-free agreements inked by both countries this year.
The Henley Passport Index, which ranks passports according to the number of countries their holders can visit without a visa, based mostly on data from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA). It is updated regularly to reflect changes in the number of visa-waiver agreements signed between countries.
Thanks to a wave of such agreements signed since May – including a new one with Myanmar just this month – Japan’s passport now allows its citizens to enter 190 countries and territories without a visa (or obtain one upon arrival).
Singapore lost out by just one location – for a total of 189 locations.
In third place was Germany, France, and South Korea, with 188 destinations accessible visa-free.
The index also identified the countries with the greatest improvement in visa-free travel for citizens, including China and the UAE – which secured the most visa-waiver agreements out of all the countries this year, CNN reported.