• The country with the world’s most powerful passport in 2019 is Japan. Again.
• That’s the view of the Henley Passport Index, which periodically measures the access to each country’s travel document affords.
• It’s the second time in a row that the Asian nation has come out on top in the index, which is revised quarterly.
• Japan retains its top spot as the world’s most travel-friendly passport thanks to the document’s access to 190 countries.
Bucking the trend
• What the UK’s anticipated withdrawal from the EU, set for March 29, will do for Brits’ ability to travel visa-free remains to be seen.
• As the country heads to the exit, possibly without a deal, their ability to travel visa-free to EU countries could be compromised.
• “While the deal hangs in the balance, it is difficult to anticipate what the ultimate ramifications will be for EU and UK citizens, as well as for EU and UK trade and co-operation,” the press release says.
• Henley & Partner’s list is one of several indexes created by financial firms to rank global passports according to the access they provide to their citizens.
• The Henley Passport Index is based on data provided by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) and covers 199 passports and 227 travel destinations.
• It is updated in real time throughout the year, as and when visa policy
changes come into effect.
Mains Paper 2: International Relations
Prelims level: Henley Passport Index
Mains level: Key highlights of the Henley Passport Index