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Japan has the strongest passport in the world according to new Henley & Partners ranking

Though Singapore passport holders already had the same 30-day visa-free period granted by Myanmar, they can still only visit 189 countries visa-free as compared to Japan's 190.

The Japanese passport is now the most powerful in the world, after it overtook Singapore in Henley Passport Index's fourth-quarter update, released on Wednesday (Oct 10).

South African passports were ranked at number 52 in the world for their visa-free access to other countries this week, down another two notches.

The latest report also showed that US and the United Kingdom passports, both with 186 visa-free destinations, fell one spot from fourth to the fifth place after failing to gain access to new destinations.

The US passport is top-ranked for access to Africa, with 38 visa-free destinations.

The South African passport has once again earned its colloquial name - the Green Mamba - by continuing its descent down the global rankings.

The UAE, meanwhile, is now the strongest in the Middle East, jumping from 62nd place in 2006 to 21st in the 2018 index.

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"The total score for each passport is equal to the number of destinations for which no visa is required".

If passport holders are allowed to get visas-on-arrival, a visitor's permit, or an electronic travel authority (ETA) when entering the destination, a score of 1 is also applied.

All three countries can visit 188 countries without a visa.

Christian H. Kälin, Group Chairman of the index, said countries with citizenship-by-investment, or CBI, programs all fall within the top 50 of the index.

Kosovo, ranked 97, might see a dramatic rise in the index in future, after it met the criteria for visa liberalisation with the European Union, meaning the relatively new nation might be able to travel visa-free across the EU soon.

Thailand ranked 68th, with visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 77 countries. Newcomer Moldova, due to launch its CBI program in November, climbed 20 places since 2008.

"The success stories of Mauritius and the Seychelles are a testament to the benefits that come with opening up your country to others", said Amanda Smit, director of Henley & Partners South Africa.

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