This year, Japan and Singapore are tied for the world’s most powerful passport, while South Korea and Germany share the second spot, according to a new report. The United States was not included in the top five.
Passport hierarchy: The Henley Passport Index, created by residence advisory firm Henley & Partners, ranks the world’s most travel-friendly passports based on data provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Taiwan is seeking a new passport design that will “convey the identity of Taiwanese” and the motif choices include images of bears, butterflies, and bubble tea.
Taiwan is working on a new passport design and one of the possibilities is bubble tea on a bird’s head.
Japanese and Singaporean citizens hold the world’s most powerful passports in the final quarter of the year, being able to visit a respective total of 190 destinations without a visa.
The ranking comes from the Henley Passport Index, which collects data from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) and supplements, enhances and updates through “extensive in-house research and open-source online data.”
Singapore and South Korea are no longer the countries with the most powerful passports in the world after being bumped from their No. 1 spot down to second and third place, respectively.
Singapore was tied with South Korea for being the only countries in the world to have the most powerful passports. But Japan, who was at No. 2 a few months ago, now takes over the top spot, according to the latest Henley Passport Index, South China Morning Post reported.
Singapore is now tied with another Asian country for having the most powerful passport in the world.
Passport Index, an organization that ranks nations based on their travel freedoms as well as visa requirements, had declared that both Singapore and South Korea will share the #1 spot for the world’s most powerful passports on Tuesday.
The State Department announced that new U.S. law now requires registered child sex offenders to apply for a new passport that identifies them of their past crime. This change was made to reflect the “International Megan’s Law”, which was passed last year in order to discourage child exploitation.
Registered child sex offenders are now required to apply for a new passport that will include an indicator on its back cover that says “The bearer was convicted of a sex offense against a minor, and is a covered sex offender pursuant to (U.S. Law).” In addition, convicted child sex offenders will no longer be able to carry a smaller, wallet-sized passport since these won’t be able to accommodate the large size of the newly-issued notice.
The world’s most powerful passport now belongs to the citizens of Singapore, according to Arton Capital’s Global Passport Power Rank 2017.
The city-state moved up from second place as Ukraine extended its visa-on-arrival travel to Singapore passport holders for periods of 15 days, AsiaOne reported. Both nations have been enjoying diplomatic relations since 1992.
We used to think that the most powerful passport to have in the world was that of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, but in 2016, things have changed.
A new index released Wednesday by the British immigration and citizenship firm Henley & Partners reveals that German passports are now the strongest in the world and grants visa-free access to 177 countries.
Passports are boring because they are designed to be. Usually colored in ugly shades of plainness, these small traveling booklets are created to be functional and never artistic or fashionable.
So imagine the surprise of immigration officers (or anyone really) when they come across a Norwegian passport.
If you want to skip the lines at U.S. immigration and customs at some airports, all you need is your smartphone.
Mobile Passport is a free app that is available to iPhone and Android users in the Apple App store and Google Play store. After entering in your passport and travel information — which you can do while in the air and your phone is on “airplane mode” — into the app and then electronically submitting it, the app generates a receipt for you to pass through immigration checkpoints.