Koreans have the world's third most powerful passport, according to an index ranking passports on the basis of the number of countries they can visit visa-free or with visa on arrival.
As per the new index of passport power that measures the ease of visa availability for people belonging to various countries, Japan's passport has secured the top position all over the world. Meanwhile, South Korea, Finland, France, Italy, Spain and Sweden share the sixth spot on the index.
Japan passport overtakes Singapore's as world's most powerful in latest Henley index
Japan has beaten Singapore to claim the spot for the top passport in the world, according to the Henley Passport Index.
Tokyo offers its citizens visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to a record 189 destinations, it said in a statement. In second were Germany and Japan, with visa-free entry to 188 countries. Philippines climbed up 10 points to the 70th place in the firm's 2018 global ranking.More news: UFC agrees to 5-year, $1.5B rights deal with ESPN
"The Henley & Partners research team uses publicly available and reliable online sources to cross-check each passport against all 227 possible travel destinations", explains the Henley and Partners website.
Countries belonging to Europe's 26-member Schengen Area have traditionally topped the Henley index due to providing open access to large parts of Europe, Henley & Partners noted, but Asian countries are catching up thanks to strengthened worldwide trade and diplomatic relations.More news: Police took Richie Incognito to mental hospital following freaky gym incident
Among other countries in Asia, Malaysia ranked ninth, Hong Kong 16th and Thailand 64th.
How powerful is the Indian passport? 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.More news: Another accident of Tesla's autopilot vehicle Model S sedan in Utah
In April Russia announced that the visas of all the passengers who have the tickets of the FIFA World Cup would be approved.