Asia’s & Scandinavia’s best and worst visa-free passports revealed

Most powerful passport revealed according to the 2021 Henley Passport Index. Photo: khaosod

Henley & Partners has released the latest results of the 2021 Henley Passport Index which shows how powerful the Asian and Nordic passports are in terms of travel freedom.

The Henley Passport Index periodically ranks passports on the level of travel access they offer their holders without a prior visa. The rankings are 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 enhanced by ongoing research by the Henley & Partners Research Department.

Singapore is placed very high on the 2021 Henley Passport Index and the country is ranked 2nd in the world with current access to 190 visa-free destinations globally. Japan takes the lead as the 1st country on the list with 191 visa-free destinations offered to Japanese passport holders.

Finland takes the lead within the Nordic nations as 4th on the list offering visa-free travel to 188 countries in the world. Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Iceland occupy the 5th, 6th, 7th and 11th slots, offering visa-free access to 187, 186, 185 and 181 countries respectively.

Malaysia is ranked highest after Singapore within Asia and the country is placed 14th with visa-free travel to 178 destinations worldwide. Hong Kong is placed 19th and Thailand takes the 66th slot. China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Laos occupies the 70th, 74th, 77th and 93rd slots with visa-free travel to 75, 71, 66 and 50 countries respectively.

Cambodia and Vietnam shares the 89th slot and the lowest rated Asian country is Myanmar ranked at 96th out of a total of 110 slots with visa-free travel restricted to only 47 countries globally.

For a full list of all countries worldwide see the 2021 Henley passport Index here

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ScandAsia Journalist • Scandinavian Publishing Co., Ltd. • Thailand

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