For instance, the difference in access to visa-free travel between Japan, which took the top ranking, and Slovakia, Lithuania and Latvia, which were tied for tenth place, was only ten countries. "Third place is shared by six countries: one Asian [South Korea] and the rest European [Finland, France, Italy, Spain, and Sweden]", it added.
Greece remained in 6th spot in the globe ranking regarding the most powerful passport, according to the Henley Passport Index. Singapore and Germany are tied at the second spot with access to 188 worldwide destinations.
This year's index surveyed 199 countries and their passports' accessibility to 227 different nations.
Meanwhile, the fastest climber on the index is the United Arab Emirates, which has risen 38 spots to 23rd place since 2008.
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With close to 40 visa-waiver agreements signed by governments since the start of the year, passport holders around the world go into the summer season with greater collective access than ever before, a statement said. In fact, the reciprocal agreement between China and the UAE is credited with boosting growth in the local tourism industry by up to 70 percent so far, compared to a year ago, the report notes. Therefore, when looking at the list of most powerful passports, it's not surprising to see that most of the countries are members of the G7 or the OECD, a club of high-income countries in North America, Western Europe, Australia and Asia.
The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs said recently that the country is actively strengthening its diplomatic efforts in a bid to have one of the top five passports in the world, as part of its UAE Vision 2021 plan.
In April Russia announced that the visas of all the passengers who have the tickets of the FIFA World Cup would be approved. Compared to Q1, the country have fallen to 47th position from the 45th position on the Henley Passport Index.