The world's most powerful passports for 2021
Temporary travel bans have undercut the freedoms traditionally enjoyed by the world's most powerful passports, with an Asian country holding onto the No.1 slot but the UK and the United States plummeting down the real-world ranking
he days of strolling into an airport, flashing a passport, then hopping on a flight to wherever one likes are, for now, a distant memory.
The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed the travel landscape, potentially for decades to come.
Countries all over the world are entering fresh lockdowns, but even when restrictions do lift, it's likely that mandatory vaccination before air travel may soon be a necessity.
The Henley Passport Index, which periodically measures the world's most travel-friendly passports, has just released its latest report -- and an analysis of what might lie ahead.
Japan is top of the list
Asian citizens continue to have the world's most powerful travel documents.
The index doesn't take temporary restrictions into account, so Japan is once again top of the leaderboard, offering visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 191 destinations around the world.
Singapore is in second place (with a score of 190) and South Korea ties with Germany in third place (with a score of 189).
A little further down the top 10, New Zealand is in seventh position, with visa-free access to 185 destinations, while Australia is in eighth place, with access to 184 destinations.