South Korea wins most powerful passport in the world
The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games isn’t the only thing South Korea is proud of this February. As the world tunes in, South Korea takes the lead with the world’s most powerful passport. Ranking with an impressive visa-free score of 162, South Korea joins Singapore at the top of The Passport Index ranking for the first time, ever.
The Passport Index is the world authority on passport ranking. Used by governments from around the world to monitor and increase the power of their passports, The Passport Index is the most recognized and trusted service with over 12 million users and counting.
Although European countries historically dominated the charts, with Germany at the top, 2017 saw the rise of Asia. In late 2017 Singapore took the lead as the first Asian country ever to top the world’s most powerful passports. By December 2017, Germany caught up but it wasn’t for too long.
With South Korea’s visa-free score of 162, South Korean passport holders have access to many European, North American and Asian countries, including The United States of America, Canada, Russia and others.
Japan quietly moved up to number two place in the Global Passport Power ranking with a visa-free score of 161. Although tied with Germany, Japan has fewer visa-free waivers than Germany which puts it fourth in the Individual Passport Power Ranking. The Passport Index gives equal scores to both visa-free and visa on arrival conditions that add up to make the country’s visa-free score.
The World Openness Score monitors how frictionless global travel is and since its inception in 2014, it has gained over 1,000 points.
The Passport Index issues eye-catching certificates to top position holders. Referred to as “art pieces,” past certificates have been issued to Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and others.