Iraq, Afghanistan the worst passports for travel, Japan the best: Index

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

This places Lebanon as 100th down the list alongside Libya, Bangladesh, and South Sudan, dropping three places from previous year out of 106 countries.

Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, has said he wants the UAE passport to be among the world's top five by 2021.

Global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners has officially revealed that Japan wields the single most powerful passport in the entire world, allowing its citizens visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to 190 destinations.

South Korea gained visa-free access to Myanmar on October 1, while Paraguay removed visa requirements for Singaporean passport holders in 2017.

Having gained visa-free access to Myanmar earlier this month, Japanese citizens can now enjoy visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to a whopping 190 destinations around the world - knocking Singapore, with 189 destinations, into second place. Russia's recent decision to grant visa-free travel access to not only Emiratis but also citizens of several other nations speaks to this effort.

South Africa dropped another two rungs in the latest Henley Passport Index published on Tuesday.

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Germany now shares 3rd place with South Korea and France.

Tim Geschwindt, Analyst at S-RM Intelligence and Risk Consulting, says the agreement also speaks to Russia's shifting position within the worldwide community: "The country is continuing to seek improved bilateral relations, as well as trade, investments, and tourism ties, with new partners".

Ireland, in comparison, places joint sixth on the list with access to 185 destinations.

In this year's ranking, both United Kingdom and U.S. have slipped the charts with 186 destinations.

VISA-FREE TRAVEL? The Philippines, unfortunately, isn't as lucky as its Asian neighbors. Iraq and Afghanistan share the 106th spot with only 30 destinations accessible to their citizens. Those on the world stage should pay attention to the United Arab Emirates. It has risen from 62nd place in 2006.

The authority on global passport rankings, the Henley Passport Index, recently released its data for 2018.

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