Singapore, Japan jointly retain top spot on Henley Passport Index.

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Singapore : Asia's dominance appears to be unfaltering in the passport power stakes as Singapore and Japan share the top spots. Entering into the final quarter of 2019, Japan and Singapore continue to retain a firm hold on first place on the Henley Passport Index, each with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 190 out of a maximum 227.

For most of the index's 14-year history - which is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) - the top spot has been held by a European country or by the US. However, this shifted dramatically in 2018, with Asian countries now firmly established as world leaders when it comes to both global economic activity and global mobility.

With visa-free/visa-on-arrival scores of 188, Finland, Germany, and South Korea remain in second place, while Denmark, Italy, and Luxembourg are in third place, with a score of 187.

The UK and the US remain in joint sixth place with access to 184 destinations visa-free - the lowest position they have held since 2010 and a significant drop from their first place ranking in 2014.

Afghanistan sits at the bottom of the ranking, with access to just 25 countries without a prior visa.

UAE makes biggest leap in most powerful passport rankings

The UAE has made the biggest jump in the latest rankings of the world's most powerful passports.

The UAE shot up five places in the Henley Passport Index to 15th in the world - meaning UAE citizens can now access at least 172 countries without the need for a visa in advance.

The UAE's ranking is also by far the highest in the Middle East - significantly higher than second-place Turkey, which is 52nd worldwide with access to 112 countries.

The most powerful passports in the world according to the index are Japan and Singapore. Each provides access to 190 countries. Finland, Germany and South Korea are all tied for second at 188, followed by Denmark, Italy and Luxembourg at 187 each.

At the bottom of the rankings is Afghanistan, with access to 25 countries. Iraq is second-to-last at 27, just below Syria's 29 and Pakistan and Somalia at 31.

The Henley Passport Index uses data from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA). It covers 199 different passports and 227 destinations.

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