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Japan has world's most powerful passport - but did the United Kingdom make the top 10?

Thanks to gaining visa-free access to Myanmar this month, Japan has toppled Singapore to claim the top spot for holding the world's most powerful passport.

According to the Henley Passport Index, Japan has the best passport in the world, ranked number one with a total of 190 points.

France and Germany came in tied third place with South Korea with a score of 188.

Japan now has visa-free access to 190 countries, versus 189 for Singapore.

With neither having gained entry to any new jurisdictions this year, it seems unlikely that either will soon reclaim the No.1 spot they held in 2015.

Until last year, Germany held the top spot for five consecutive years.

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Since previous year South Africa has added four new visa-free destinations.

Russian Federation received a boost in September when Taiwan announced a visa-waiver, but the country has nonetheless fallen from 46th to 47th place due to movements higher up the ranking. While Chinese nationals got access to two new areas visa-free or visa-on-arrival, it still slide down tow places to just 71st.

The Henley Passport Index's ranking "is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which maintains the world's largest and most accurate database of travel information, and is enhanced by extensive in-house research", said the Henley & Partners' website.

However, their progress might be outstripped by Kosovo which officially met all the criteria for visa-liberalization with the EU in July and is now in discussions with the European Council.

There are few things more liberating than travel - although some passports offer more freedom than others. Thailand ended up at No.68 and China at No.71, with at the bottom Afghanistan and Iraq, with only 30 visa waivers each, the Liberty Times reported.

Christian H. Kälin, Group Chairman of Henley & Partners, commented in a statement on "the extraordinary results that states can achieve when they work hand in hand with their global peers to build a more interconnected and collaborative world".


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