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World's most powerful passport revealed as United Kingdom slips down the rankings

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The runner-up is South Korea, which for three months added India to the list of visa-free countries and climbed one position in the Index.

Japan is followed by Singapore and South Korea in joint second place, whose citizens can visit 189 destinations without getting a visa before travel.

Japan placed first, with its citizens able to travel visa-free or obtain a visa on arrival in 190 countries, according to the Index.

The UK and the U.S. continue to lose ground in the ranking, now occupying the 6th place (185 countries).

Denmark, Finland, Italy, and Sweden now hold joint fourth place, while Spain and Luxembourg are in 5th.

Henley also singled out several passports that had risen significantly in the rankings over the years - such as China, which jumped from 85th with access to 51 destinations in 2017, to 69th in 2019 with nationals now able to access 74 countries around the world.

That's the view of the Henley Passport Index, which periodically measures the access each country's travel document affords.

In collaboration with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and based on official data from their global database Henley & Partners has analyzed the visa regulations of all the countries and territories in the world since 2006.

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Germany and France remain in third place with a visa-free score of 188. It marks a significant fall from 2015 when American and British passports were ranked the strongest.

Cummings suggests that the African continent would also benefit from this more expansive approach: "Africa continues to lag behind the rest of the world".

It is updated in real time throughout the year, as and when visa policy changes come into effect.

Elsewhere in Asia, China jumped nearly 20 places in just two years, from 85th in 2017 to 69th this year.

Similarly, the United Arab Emirates continues its upward trajectory, now holding top spot in the Middle East region and 22nd place globally.

As in 2018, countries with citizenship-by-investment (CBI) programs continue to hold strong positions on the index.

'In 2006, a citizen, on average, could travel to 58 destinations without needing a visa from the host nation; by the end of 2018, this number had almost doubled to 107'.

Malta sits in ninth spot, with access to 182 destinations and St Kitts and Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda hold 27th and 28th spot respectively.

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