The UK passport, once ranked as the most powerful passport in the world, has dropped to its lowest position in world rankings.
This new development was disclosed by the The Henley Passport Index which began in 2006, Evening Standard reports.
Interestingly, the UK passport now in the eighth place, unbelievably shares the same position, with the the US, Belgium, Germany and Norway.
Going memory lane, the UK passport was ranked as the most powerful passport in 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
On the Brexit saga, the UK passport it began to slide post-Brexit, to third in 2016, fourth in 2017, fifth in 2018 and sixth in 2019.
Prior to 2020, the lowest the UK passport had sat on the rankings was at sixth in 2008 and 2009.
Currently, Japan has been listed to have the world’s most powerful passport with visa-free access to 191 countries; compared to the UK passport, which can access 184 countries visa-free.
Below is the list of World’s most powerful passports, according to The Henley Passport Index.
- Japan – access to 191 countries visa-free
- Singapore – 190
- Germany and South Korea – 189
- Finland and Italy – 188
- Denmark, Luxembourg and Spain – 187
- France and Sweden – 186
- Austria, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland – 185
- Belgium, Greece, Norway, UK and US – 184
- Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Malta and New Zealand – 183
- Hungary, Lithuania and Slovakia – 181
- Iceland, Latvia and Slovenia – 180
- Estonia – 179
- Liechtenstein and Malaysia – 178
- Poland – 176
- Monaco – 175
- Chile and Cyprus – 174
- Romania – 172
- Bulgaria and the UAE – 171
- Argentina and Brazil – 170
- Croatia and Hong Kong – 169
Another new development in the rankings is that, Singapore has dropped from the most powerful passport last year, to second place this year, with visa-free access to 190 destinations.